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# Vaccines

All time
# halfway there
Half of adult population will be fully vaccinated by end of today, Donnelly says
More than 4.3 million Covid jabs have been administered to date, with 49.6% of adults fully vaccinated.
# AstraZeneca
450,000 second doses of AZ will be completed within next 10 days, Reid says
“They will all be fully completed now probably in the week commencing 12 July,” HSE chief Paul Reid said.
# financial incentives
'Money can actually put people off': Why a €150 vaccine bonus for under-25s may not work
The idea was mooted by a Fianna Fáil TD earlier this week.
# vaccine rollout
Six months into 2021, how close is Ireland to vaccinating 80% of the population?
This week marked the six-month mark in the vaccine rollout.
# changing location
HSE to close Helix vaccination centre as it's set to relocate to National Show Centre
It’s anticipated that the move will take place in mid-July.
# Your Say
Poll: Should people under 25 get €150 to counter vaccine hesitancy?
A TD has called on the government to give €150 each person born since 1996 to entice them to get vaccinated.
# Hospitality
Reopening: What could a vaccine pass for dining indoors at pubs and restaurants look like?
The government is to consider adapting the EU’s international travel cert for use in indoor dining.
# Vaccines
AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines to be made available to all age groups
Earlier this month, the gap between doses of this vaccine was reduced from 12 weeks to eight.
# Vaccines
Taoiseach says young people should be vaccinated ‘more quickly’ with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson
The Taoiseach said it is positive that the Delta variant is not having the same impact on hospitalisations in Portugal as other variants.
# Vaccines
Ireland is at 'point of unease and apprehension' but some reason for optimism, HSE CEO says
Confirmed Covid-19 case numbers have reduced by 22% in the past 14 days.
# over 18s
Spare AstraZeneca vaccines may be given to younger age groups due to Delta concerns - Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there is engagement with NIAC over this consideration.
# Vaccines
'No clear legal basis' for processing information around employee vaccine status, DPC says
The Data Protection Commission said the processing of vaccine data by employers likely represents “unnecessary and excessive data collection”.
# vaccine hesitancy
Only 4% of people in Ireland are uncertain if they will get a Covid-19 vaccine
Hesitancy over Covid-19 vaccines has waned, with those “unsure” down 14 points since January.
# covid19
People in 20s to get first Covid jabs in late August or early September
It is likely that this cohort will not be fully vaccinated until October.
# Vaccines
1,200 inmates receive Covid vaccines as wider roll-out to prisons begins
The vaccinations will be administered by staff from the National Ambulance Service.
# Coronavirus
Pharmacists to begin administering Covid-19 vaccines from today
The system will open for people over the age of 50 today.
# g7 summit
G7 countries pledge to provide one billion Covid-19 vaccinations
But the pledge on vaccines for poorer nations fell drastically short of the 11 billion doses that campaigners say are needed.
# Honours
Irish vaccine researchers at Oxford to receive knighthood and OBE
Adrian Hill emphasised the need to be prepared for other outbreaks.
# Vaccines
US tells J&J millions of vaccine doses can't be used due to possible contamination
In a statement, the FDA said “several” batches of vaccine manufactured at a facility in Baltimore are not suitable for use.
# covid19
US to buy 500 million Pfizer vaccines to share with lower income countries
The US has faced mounting pressure to outline its global vaccine sharing plan.
# England
NHS sees ‘Glastonbury-style’ surge in vaccine bookings after call to over-25s
NHS England said the National Booking Service had 493,000 appointments reserved by midday today.
# jab
Moderna requests EU approval of its vaccine for adolescents
A clinical trial found the vaccine was safe and effective in teenagers.
# rollout
Health Minister confirms wait between AstraZeneca doses to be reduced from twelve weeks to eight
It’s hoped that the change will allow more people to be vaccinated sooner, but the exact timing depends on supply of the vaccine.
# covax
Joe Biden announces international Covid-19 vaccine sharing plan
The US has said it plans to share 80 million vaccine doses globally by the end of this month.
# Immunity
Hiqa advises NPHET to extend presumptive Covid immunity to nine months post-infection
Increasing the period of presumptive immunity from six to nine months would have “widespread positive implications for people”.
# Vaccines
Gap between AstraZeneca doses can be reduced from twelve weeks to eight, NIAC advises
Changes to how the vaccine is used will be contingent on receiving supply.
# Comirnaty
Ireland to receive extra Pfizer vaccines after EMA approves additional manufacturing
The approval is expected to have “a significant and immediate impact” on the supply of Comirnaty.
# Coronavirus
Pharmacists to start administering Covid-19 vaccines
Stephen Donnelly said this latest development will help people who live far away from vaccine centres.
# IP waiver
EU, UK raise doubts about Covid vaccine patent waiver
India and South Africa came forward with the original idea to waive intellectual property on Covid-19 vaccines.
# online portal
The vaccine portal will open for those aged 40 to 44 from Wednesday
Vaccination of this age cohort is set to begin in the middle of June.
# Vaccination
EU medicines regulator approves Pfizer Covid vaccine for children aged 12-15
The decision needs to be rubber-stamped by the European Commission and individual national regulators.
# Hackers
Cyber attack will likely cost HSE over €100 million, Paul Reid says
Eight people have died from Covid-19 in the last 12 days, the HSE also confirmed.
People in England aged 33 and 32 can book their Covid-19 vaccine from today
The NHS is urging everyone who is eligible to take up their jab at one of the 1,600 locations across the country.
# rollout
Vaccine rollout: Ireland still on track for 80% target by early July but data is patchy due to cyberattack
If there are no further supply problems or safety concerns, Ireland is still firmly on track to hit that 80% target in early July.
VHI CEO to resume role after investigation into him receiving Covid-19 vaccine at Beacon Hospital
The VHI had said in March that its CEO had received treatment for cancer at the Beacon Hospital.
# Vaccines
Covid vaccination programme opens to people aged 25-29 in the North
The extension comes as Northern Ireland reached the 1million landmark figure for those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
# Grange Castle
Pfizer to begin manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine components in Ireland by end of the year
$40 million will be invested in the plant in Grange Castle and 75 additional staff will be hired.
# Progress
More than 40% of adults in Ireland have received their first Covid-19 vaccine jab
Almost two in every five adults in Northern Ireland is fully vaccinated.
# rollout
Online vaccine booking portal will open tomorrow for those aged 45 to 49
The HSE expects that some people in this cohort will be able to receive a first dose before the end of the month.
# Vaccines
People in their 40s set to get choice of AstraZeneca and J&J, or wait for mRNA vaccine
The HSE’s Colm Henry said the latest vaccine administration advice was received over the weekend.