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NIAC advises that Covid-19 vaccines can be mixed in some cases – Donnelly

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has advised that vaccine can be mixed in certain circumstances.

Donnelly said this will aid those who have received one dose of a AstraZeneca vaccine, who may prefer an mRNA vaccine for their second dose.

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The Health Minister went on to say that he has authorised the advice after it was passed onto him by the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan.

The Department of Health and the HSE will be working closely over the coming months on plans for a booster vaccine.

Donnelly said NIAC has advised that booster doses be given at the same time as the Flu vaccine.

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“That would normally happen around the last week of September, first week of October,” Donnelly said.

“NIAC are currently looking at the details of any potential booster campaign and I expect to receive an advice from that next week from NIAC, which will allow us to proceed with more detailed planning and give people a sense of when they can expect a booster and which group”.

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