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Man with rare genetic disorder ends legal challenge to prioritisation of vaccination scheme

A MAN with a rare genetic disorder has ended his legal challenge to the prioritisation of the vaccination scheme.

Lee Martin (37) withdrew proceedings to protect public confidence in the Covid-19 booster campaign, lawyers said.

The Department of Health is to pay his costs as part of an agreement which saw the case formally dismissed at the High Court.

His solicitor, Kevin Winters, said: "Our client has achieved what he wanted, which was to be given earlier access to the vaccine."

Mr Martin, from Enniskillen, had claimed discrimination in how the jabs were being rolled out.

He is one of less than 100 people worldwide with diploid triploid mosaicism. Classified as extremely vulnerable, he was put in category four on a priority list. His lawyers claimed backroom NHS staff were wrongly prioritised over vulnerable individuals.

With Mr Martin receiving his jabs after commencing legal action, the department argued the challenge was academic.

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