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Trinity College Professor says vaccination can be completed by June in Ireland

DUBLIN: Trinity College immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill said the vaccination could be completed in Ireland by June. Prof. O’Neill says a faster timeline can be achieved once the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Professor called on the Irish government to follow in the footsteps of the EU country Denmark, which aims to vaccinate the entire population by the end of June. “Denmark — who are like us remember, they’re depending on the EU, they say they’ll have all their people done by June 27 — which is well ahead of us,” he said.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine has an advance purchase agreement with Ireland for 2.2 million doses. People without basic health conditions are included in the priority list of vaccination.

Currently, people with underlying health conditions between the ages of 18 and 64 are ranked seventh on the vaccination priority list, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said.

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