People that get the very first dose of their coronavirus vaccination from Monday will wait an extra week for their 2nd dosage.
The HSE plans to offer individuals a second dose of the vaccine 28 days after the first, instead of 21 days which it states complies with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and also the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
The modification will apply to any person getting their initial dosage from Monday onwards. The HSE stating it will enable them to ‘increase our sources and immunise even more individuals’ as supplies arrive into the country.
A 21-day space between jabs will certainly remain to apply to anyone that has obtained their very first dosage already.
It comes as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claims Pfizer ‘might be decreasing’ the supply of its coronavirus vaccine.
Nonetheless, he stated it’s uncertain regarding whether the information will affect Ireland.
Norwegian authorities have today claimed a ‘short-term reduction’ in the jab’s supply would certainly influence all European nations, as Pfizer is reorganising its manufacturing efforts.
Norway’s public health firm added that while the exact length of the momentary reduction is uncertain, it implies Pfizer will certainly be able to raise its maximum production capability in the longer term.
Mr Varadkar this afternoon said the “only restraint” on the rollout of injections right here is supply.
He said Ireland has no control over when the EU approves injections for use, or exactly how fast producers can supply the jabs.
Nevertheless, he stated authorities are getting ready to obtain the vaccination into people’s arms ‘within days’ of it arriving in the country.
It comes as new data reveals Ireland has the greatest regular vaccination rate in the EU.
Figures from Our World In Data disclose that Ireland has carried out even more vaccinations per 100 people this week than any other nation in the EU.
In a tweet, Health and wellness Preacher Stephen Donnelly welcomed the news.
Nevertheless, he advised that Ireland will not always be top of the table as member states obtain the same quantity of vaccine per capita.
The Government previously said the nation is on track to vaccinate more than four million people by the end of September.