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Pregnant women and people in their 50s will receive vaccine from next week

DUBLIN: The Health and Safety Executive plans to vaccinate pregnant women and people in their 50s from next week. Registration for people between the ages of 50 and 60 began on Tuesday, May 4th.

There were recommendations that women who are 14 to 36 weeks pregnant should be vaccinated after consulting a doctor. Following this, the HSE chief clinical officer Dr. Colm Henry said that maternity units are now identifying pregnant women who are at an appropriate gestational stage to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

However, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has not yet approved the revised vaccination plan submitted by HSE this week. If the revised plan is approved, HSE will be able to administer any available vaccine to people regardless of age. In addition, due to a very low risk of unusual blood clots, HSE can administer the Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccine to the people over the age of 50.

As of yesterday, nearly 1.7 million vaccines were administered in Ireland, with nearly one in three people now having received a first dose of the vaccine. The HSE plans to vaccinate between 220,000 and 240,000 people next week. About one lakh people in their 50s are expected to be vaccinated next week.

Around 436,000 people in their 60s and 50s have registered for a vaccine but have yet to receive an appointment. According to Damien McCallion, who is in charge of the vaccine program, many more people will be vaccinated next week, and there are some geographical differences in supply.

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