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AstraZeneca jab rollout to resume in Ireland on Saturday

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The resumption of the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will restart in Ireland on Saturday.

The announcement came on Friday night after the state’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn recommended the use of the jab.

His decision came following the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac).

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly hailed the development as good news.

Health Service Executive chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said the AstraZeneca vaccination will resume with a “relatively modest number” on Saturday.

“Our priority, is to restart the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, in as safe and timely a manner as possible,” he said.

“We plan to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine over this weekend in our acute hospital settings.”

The use of AstraZeneca in Ireland was paused on Sunday following reports of unusual blood clots in Norway.

People should be reassured that we acted quickly. We saw a signal, we acted upon it, counterparts across the EU acted upon it.

Dr Glynn said more than 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered in Ireland to date, and there had been no reports of serious clotting events associated with low platelets received by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).

“People should be reassured that we acted quickly. We saw a signal, we acted upon it, counterparts across the EU acted upon it. They undertook an urgent investigation. They have looked at all the data and they have concluded it is safe to recommence the programme,” he said.

“I would urge anyone now who is offered the vaccine to take it.

“We know that it is an extremely effective vaccine. We have seen the phenomenal effects that it is having on caseloads in other jurisdictions and we’re lucky to have it as part of a range of vaccines that are now available to us.”

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Earlier, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he would have no issue taking the AstraZeneca jab if he was offered it.

He also said the Government was “gearing up” to resume administering the jab after its use was temporarily suspended in Ireland “in an abundance of caution” over the raising of concerns around blood clots.

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