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NIAC Recommends Reducing Gaps Between AstraZeneca Covid 19 Vaccine Doses To 8 Weeks.

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The advice could see thousands of people who've had a first dose fully vaccinated sooner.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has advised reducing the gap between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

It has recommended 8 week intervals instead of the current 12 weeks.

The advice could see thousands of people who've had a first dose fully vaccinated sooner.

The recommendation, to the Chief Medical Officer, has gone to the HSE which is now considering implementation.

Labour leader Alan Kelly says the new advice's welcome:

Monaghan GP Illona Duffy is welcoming the news but says it may cause logistical problems for the HSE.

People in their 60s were mainly offered the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill thinks they could be topped up with Pfizer.

69 year old Peter Buckley, who already had one dose, is welcoming the news.

The vaccine rollout may be significantly accelerated because of new research about Covid immunity.

People who’ve had the virus are now immune to re-infection for nine months as opposed to six.

Stephanie Rohan reports.

Dr Máirín Ryan from the Health Information and Quality Authority says our vaccine supplies should stretch out as a result.


The HSE is considering the findings of the HIQA report. The executive's Chief Clinical Officer is Dr Colm Henry

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