The HSE has announced that all AstraZeneca vaccination appointments are cancelled for the rest of the week, except those arranged for certain people over the age of 60.
Following the decision by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) yesterday to recommend that the AstraZeneca vaccine (known as Vaxzevria) only be used in Ireland for those over the age of 60, the HSE cancelled all AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination clinics planned for today.
However, in an update this evening, it said all hospital groups and healthcare organisations had been advised to cancel all AstraZeneca clinics for the remainder of this week as “we work to reconfigure our rollout plans to take into account the latest NIAC guidance”.
The HSE said that some clinics will proceed with the vaccination of patients over the age of 60 this week, in line with the new guidance, and in these cases individuals will be contacted directly by their vaccination centre to arrange their appointment.
“Anybody who is due to attend an Astra Zeneca clinic, and who is not contacted directly in advance, is therefore advised not to attend,” a HSE spokesperson said, adding that it will be in contact with such patients to rearrange their appoinment.
NIAC’s advice for those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine is:
- Those aged 60 and older should receive their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled.
- Those aged under 60 years with a very high risk or high-risk medical condition should receive their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled.
- Those aged under 60 years without a very high risk or high-risk medical condition should have the scheduled interval between doses extended to 16 weeks to allow further assessment of the benefits and risks as more evidence becomes available.
AstraZeneca is expected to supply 813,000 doses to Ireland in Q2 – 224,000 in April, 262,000 in May and 327,000 in June.Tags: