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Threat of significant snowfall: steps are being taken to ensure vaccine supply in Ireland is not disrupted

DUBLIN: HSE has been working with Met Eireann to ensure the smooth operation of the vaccination program in view of the threat of heavy snowfall. Met Eireann was contacted to avoid adverse weather conditions in Ireland affecting the vaccination program. Thousands of vaccines are expected to arrive in the country next week.

By the end of March, the 400,000 doses of AstraZenica vaccine are expected to arrive in Ireland. The first batch of 35,000 will arrive in Ireland next week. As heavy snowfall is expected in many parts of the country by the end of next week, Met Eireann has advised people to be extra vigilant in this regard.

The Siberian wind will begin to move from next Wednesday. As a result, temperatures are likely to drop and heavy snowfall is expected. Met Éireann forecaster Siobhan Ryan said Dublin and parts of Leinster would be most affected.

“We are going to see, basically, Siberian air move in over Ireland and, at that point, there will be the risk of sleet and snow showers. Not too much snow around though, for the weekend at least, but generally speaking, the temperatures are going to fall back. There will be a lot of clouds over Ireland for the weekend and then by night, a lot of frost and ice,” he said.

The supply of vaccines has been disrupted following the decision not to give the AstraZenica vaccine to people over 70 years of age. The vaccination program for those over 65 years of age has also been discontinued due to concerns about efficacy and supply problems.

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