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Ireland to seize AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccine deliveries

Ireland is to cease further deliveries of the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines, according to HSE chief Paul Reid.

The decision to cease the vaccines follows the EU’s efforts to focus on predominantly mRNA vaccines.


Reid stated that there is currently a strong availability of mRNA vaccines, so AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines will be suspended for now.

The HSE is basing its decision on advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which stated that Ireland has, what it described as “superior supplies” of mRNA vaccines.

Upon making the decision, the HSE said that it was made while taking the risks of the Delta variant and the availability of the mRNA vaccines into account.


Vector vaccines such as AstraZeneca and Janssen were suspended in an attempt to prevent possible build-up and wastage.

In regards to the vaccine administration, nearly 90,000 individuals aged 12 to 15 years old have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine or have received it from a GP.

Since vaccinations began for this age cohort on Friday, there have been 30,000 vaccines administered in total to those aged 12 to 15 years old.


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