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AstraZeneca vaccinations to resume in Republic of Ireland

The European drugs regulator has said the Astra/Zeneca vaccine is safe. Picture by Alessandra Tarantino

The Republic of Ireland's National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended that the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine should resume for all those aged 18 and over.

In a statement, Assistant Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said following assessments of the AstraZeneca jab by the European Medicines Agency and the Repubilc's National Immunisation Advisory Committee, he has recommended the recommencement of the rollout.

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

Dr Glynn said to date there have been no reports of serious clotting events associated with low platelets received by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in the Repubilc.

"The HSE will now work to recommence the administration of Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca," he said.

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