Over 800 pharmacies across the country will begin administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine from today as vaccinations for 18-34-year-olds begin.
The decision was made amid concerns of the Delta variant which led to the widening of the vaccine rollout.
Initially, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) didn’t advise for the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to people under the age of 40 but it has recently changed its advise as the vaccine rollout widens.
Chair of the High-Level Task Force on Covid-19 Vaccination Brian McCraith stated that 50% of Ireland’s adult population will be fully vaccinated by Tuesday.
Approximately 4.4 million doses have been administered to date which includes 343,000 doses being administered last week.
According to HSE chief Paul Reid, all eligible adults could by fully vaccinated by the end of August or early September if the new arrangements work out as planned.
These new arrangements include the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccine being permitted for use for those under the age of 40, as well as the purchasing of one million Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from Romania.
“Ultimately if we can work through all of that it could bring us right back to the end of August, early September” Reid stated while additionally projecting up to 200,000 J&J vaccines being made available in July.
Reid also stated that every 37,500 of the vaccines administered represented 1% of the population being fully vaccinated.