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Both J&J and AstraZeneca jabs to be approved for over 40s within days

In the next few days it is expected that both the Johnson & Johnson and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines will be approved by NIAC for those aged 40-49 in Ireland.

Reportedly, this new approval has been backed by Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan, and once approved, the HSE will announce that people in the 40s age range can begin to register for the jab.

Asked when this age cohort will be able to apply for the jab, HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry said: “We will be announcing that later on in the week.”

According to Henry, the goal is to have around 82% of the adult population with a minimum of one vaccine dose by the end of June.

To date, over 2 million doses of covid-19 jabs have been administered in the Republic of Ireland, with over 500,000 individuals fully inoculated.

Last week, the HSE stated that soon they will give a timeline for all age groups being offered the jab.

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