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Varadkar: some people can’t get second shot after adverse reaction to first Covid vaccine 

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that the government acknowledges that some people “can’t get the vaccine for a particular reason” such as having had an adverse reaction to their first dose of the vaccine or being advised not to get a second dose. 

He said that the government is looking at a possible new testing programme for people who cannot get the vaccine on medical grounds, the Journal reports.

He said that “we need to come up with a mechanism particularly for them because that is a unique and unusual case,” he said.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan confirmed that some people were being advised not to get their vaccine or a second dose, but that these were small numbers of people.

Antigen testing – a rapid test to detect infection – have been suggested by some commentators as an alternative to the Covid pass.

In response Mr Varadkar said: “We do know the vaccine immunity wanes and that means that people who are vaccinated can get the virus and can transmit the virus. And as time goes on, they become more likely to get it and more likely to transmit it as their immunity wanes.”

He said the booster programme would be expanded “in the not too distant future”.

“We know from Israel, for example, where their booster vaccine programme has been enormously successful. They’ve got down to a few hundred cases a day now, whereas they had close to 10,000 not too long ago,” he said.



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