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Vaccine Update: Key part of vaccine programme suspended

Between Monday the 5th and Sunday the 11th, the last days we have data for, 122,333 vaccines were administered. This is the lowest weekly number in the past three weeks, but numbers have been relatively stable over that period.

The Government has now also stopped the administration of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to those under 60 due to concerns regarding blood clots. Data presented by the National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) shows that people who are 20-34 years old are twice as likely to die of Covid-19 as they are to suffer from blood clotting due to the vaccine. Those odds improve with age, with those over 60 being 85 times more likely to die from Covid than to suffer from blood clotting due to the vaccine.

Neither the HSE, NPHET, nor the Government have been able to answer questions regarding the level of disruption restricting the AZ vaccine like this will cause.

It would appear, based on what we know of the risks associated with both Covid-19, including the risk of Covid-19 itself causing blood clotting, and blood clotting caused by vaccination, that the risk of Covid-19 far outweighs the known risks of vaccination and that the newly imposed restriction is likely to have a negative impact upon public health.

235,310 of the vaccines administered so far in Ireland are AZ vaccines, and substantial numbers of the vaccine have already been purchased by Ireland. As such Ireland will shortly build a substantial reserve of AZ vaccines, which we will refuse to administer to the majority of the public at a time when vaccine supplies are critically low.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 11th, was 1,063,666 with 749,450 of those being the 1st dose, and 314,216 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 17,476.

319,778 first doses have been administered to those in Cohort 3, which consists of those 70 and older who are not in long-term residential care.  The CSO estimates that there are 490,000 people in this cohort.

249,773 first doses have currently been administered to Cohort 2, “frontline healthcare workers” – a number substantially higher than the total estimated number working in the sector.

Daily reporting of vaccinating numbers only goes back to the 3rd of February, meaning that the 9th of February is the earliest day from which we can show total doses administered over a seven-day period. On the 9th of February, the daily average number of doses administered was 5,642, with 39,495 doses having been administered between the 3rd and the 9th.

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