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AstraZeneca jab rollout to resume in Ireland

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The resumption of the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been recommended in Ireland

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said he came to his decision following assessments of the jab by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac).

Dr Glynn said Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly had accepted his recommendation.

We saw a signal, we acted upon it, counterparts across the EU acted upon it

He told a press conference on Friday evening that the Health Service Executive was meeting as he was speaking about resuming the use of AstraZeneca in Ireland.

Dr Glynn said more than 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered in Ireland before the pause last Sunday due to concerns raised over clotting.

He said to date there had been no reports of serious clotting events associated with low platelets received by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in Ireland.

“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.”

Earlier, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he would have no issue taking the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine 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.

Mr Martin was speaking at the Port of Cork on Friday as he announced 405 million euros of funding for regeneration projects in Cork city and county.

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