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No, after you.

No, I insist.



This afternoon.

Baby drowned in three inches of bathwater when her lawyer mother fainted a day after taking AstraZeneca Covid vaccine (MailOnline)

HSE CEO Paul Reid

This morning.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said the total vaccination programme this week will be between 310,000 and 330,000 and of that 90,000 shots will be AstraZeneca.


Following on from that, he said, around 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccines should be administered.

He said the HSE gets confirmation of delivery around two weeks ahead of each vaccine supply line, adding there are very strong supply lines for the next two weeks, and after that the HSE will deal primarily with Pfizer and Moderna.

Reid says AstraZeneca supply lines are ‘firmed up’ (RTÉ)


AstraZeneca´s Covid vaccine, which was developed with the University of Oxford, faces fresh safety doubts.

The AstraZeneca jab has been suspended in several European countries over reports of rare blood clots.

A top official in the European Medicines Agency was on Sunday reported as having suggested that it might be worth abandoning AstraZeneca´s vaccine if alternatives were available.

But the EMA said the body’s head of vaccine strategy, Marco Cavaleri, had been misrepresented, and that he believed its benefits outweigh its risks.

“The decision on its use in different populations and ages is the prerogative of the EU Member States, based on specific factors such as virus circulation and vaccine availability,” a spokeswoman said.

AstraZeneca hits setback in trials of COVID-19 drug (The News)


Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha (above) has called for an urgent meeting with the HSE to discuss potential risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine

This morning.

Further to the publication yesterday of letter from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan highlighting new concerns that the risk of blood clots previously linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘higher after a second dose of the vaccine than previously understood’.

About 150,000 healthcare workers have yet to receive the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. largely AstraZeneca.

Via RTÉ:

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has called for an urgent meeting with the HSE to discuss the implications for second dose vaccinations of healthcare workers.

….INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said her members have always supported the precautionary principal and if there are issues about receiving a second dose of Astra Zeneca that need to be clarified then they want that done.

Ms Ní Sheaghdha said many of her members are due to start receiving second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine next week.

INMO seeking meeting with HSE over AstraZeneca vaccine (RTÉ)



AstraZeneca vaccine side effects: Reports of ‘life-threatening’ capillary leak syndrome (MSN)

This morning.

What’s your poison?

Via RTÉ News:

Strict conditions on the use of the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines in people aged between 40 and 49 will mean people will have a choice to accept them, or wait for an mRNA vaccine, like Pfizer or Moderna…

…..The J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines will only be permitted to be used if an mRNA vaccine is not available at the time of vaccination.

People must be given a choice at that time on what vaccine to accept, with fully-informed consent…

….It expects to start vaccinations for this group of people later this month.

People aged 40-49 can decide to accept J&J or AZ jabs (RTÉ)



More metallic vax shenanigans.

Or sleight of arm?

Only you can decide.

Previously: Opposites Distract

Stuck On You

This morning.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, HSE CEO Paul Reid said the benefits that the HSE is seeing from the vaccine rollout so far is “significant”.

Mr Reid said 1.3 million people have been vaccinated to date, with 24.5% of the eligible population receiving dose 1 and 10% of the population fully vaccinated.

He said it is a huge relief for healthcare workers.

He said yesterday saw the highest number of vaccinations at almost 39,000, with close to 150,000 vaccinations expected to be completed by the end of this week.

He said people “do not have a vaccine choice” and reiterated that the AstraZeneca vaccine is the “approved vaccine for this age group” [65-69] and that he expects “the vast majority” of people to sign up to receive the jab.

Benefits from vaccine rollout so far are significant – Reid (RTÉ)


A total of 168 people have suffered rare blood clots after taking the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Britain, and 32 have died, the UK’s medicines regulator said.

Via Reuters:

The figures for clots or “thromboembolic events” run up to April 14, by when 21.2 million people had received first doses of the vaccine, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

It represents a rise of 10 deaths compared to the period up to April 5, and an additional 68 cases.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of an Oregon woman and the hospitalisation of another in Texas after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials said.

The incidents come as advisers to the CDC are set to meet on Friday to consider whether it is safe to resume injections of the single-dose vaccine, while senior health officials prepare for a green light.


A number of unusual blood clots in the brain have been reported in Ireland among people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The vaccine was recently confined to use in people over 60 in Ireland following as assessment by the European Medicines Agency which found a probable link between the jab and unusual blood clots with low blood platelets.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which polices medicines in this country, said as of April 19 a very small number – fewer than five – blood clotting events in combination with low platelets were reported.

Unusual brain clots reported in several Irish people who got AstraZeneca vaccine (Independent.ie)


HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry said there is ‘much more to fear’ from the virus than from the AstraZeneca vaccine

This morning.

On Newstalk Breakfast.

HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry said:

AstraZeneca vaccine is a really good vaccine. I know there was bad publicity, and talk and concern over what have been a very small number of cases.

I’d say to anybody aged 60-69 who has been offered the AstraZeneca vaccine: take it. You have much more to fear from the virus than you do from the vaccine.”

He said the blood clotting cases are ‘extraordinarily rare’, and has ‘rarely ever’ been reported in older people – hence why its use has been restricted in younger cohorts.



This morning


Dr Henry said officials are also looking at whether the gap between Pfizer vaccine doses can be spread out so more adults can get their first dose quicker.

He explained: “For the Pfizer vaccine, if you look at the strict licensing of the drug, you’re allowed to give the second dose up to 42 days… but the current advice we have is up to 28 days.

“The real-world evidence… is [there’s] substantial protection after the first dose. That is not an excuse not to give the second dose, but it may well give some leeway.”

Over 60s ‘have much more to fear’ from virus than from AstraZeneca vaccine – Henry (Newstalk)


This morning

Those who refuse an offer of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will go to the back of the queue , according to the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

The rollout of the AstraZeneca jab has been restricted to people over the age of 60 because of concerns about a blood clotting side effect in younger people.

Via Irish Times:

Asked what would happed to people who refuse the AstraZeneca vaccine, he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland “they will have to wait until the end”.

People who refuse AstraZeneca vaccine will go to back of queue, says Varadkar (Irish Times)




This afternoon.


The vaccine developed by AstraZeneca make up some 21% of the supplies needed to meet the HSE’s target

This morning.

HSE’s target of administering initial vaccine doses to 80 per cent of the willing adult population by June is under question if the The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) rules out the use of the AstraZeneca jab over blood clotting fears.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly told RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland:

“Certainly, at the moment, if the vaccines come in as they are forecast to do, then by the end of June, four in every five adults who wants a vaccine will be in a position to be offered one. It really is a great cause for hope, particularly on a day like today, where we’re taking a cautious but important step out of the pandemic.”

When asked whether this goal will remain achievable if recommendations surrounding the AstraZeneca jab change, he responded:

‘All I’m saying is, there’s not much point in gauging “what if NIAC say this or this or this”.

‘We’ll have word from NIAC very shortly, and when we do, if the operations do need to be adjusted, we can adjust them.”

Donnelly concedes possible changes to AZ roll-out could pose ‘big operational challenge’ (Extra.ie)


Up to 80 percent of people offered the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine In Sicily refuse it out of fears over its safety, according to the southern Italian region’s president Nello Musumeci.

Public confidence in the Anglo-Swedish jab has been badly shaken by reports linking it to rare, but potentially fatal, blood clots, and by conflicting recommendations on its use.

“In Sicily, there is an 80-percent refusal rate of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Every 100 people, 80 say no,” Musumeci said late Saturday in Catania, according to multiple media reports.

‘Up to 80 percent’ in Sicily refuse AZ vaccine: president (France24)


This morning.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Morning Ireland

Mary Wilson: “Minister, just finally, you’re on the front page of The Irish Times. ‘Donnelly queries exclusion from department analysis of tweets’. It said you looked for an analysis of tweets and retweets of you and your Twitter feed from the department, as compared to your constituency colleague, Simon Harris. You did this in January at a time when we had escalating Covid numbers. Why would you do that?”

Stephen Donnelly
: “I believe it was a piece of work that one of the team was looking at Mary. I haven’t seen the article but I believe it was one piece of work that somebody was looking at in a, in a, in a, you know, in a…”

Wilson: “The article says minister, the article says it was an analysis that you looked for and, on your behalf, the Secretary General of your department was contacting your publicity, your communications people, saying, you know, ‘we need to discuss this, there’s no reference to the minister, as you can see’. This was an analysis that you – was it an analysis that you wanted?”

Donnelly: “No, like I said Mary, it, I haven’t seen the article, it’s a piece of work that somebody did within the department. And it came up, presumably, in a FOI request, I’d have to take a look.”

Wilson: “Minister, Stephen Donnelly, thank you very much for joining us on Morning Ireland.”

What a clot.


This morning.

Via The Guardian:

Italy, Spain and Belgium have joined other European countries in restricting or recommending the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in older age groups as the EU struggles to agree common guidelines to counter expected public hesitancy.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday found a possible link between the vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots, although it said its benefits far outweighed the risks and did not announce any restrictions.

Spain, Belgium and Italy restrict AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to older people (The Guardian)


The HSE is, for now, continuing with its planned rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines to people with underlying health conditions that put them at very high risk from Covid-19.

Any change in guidance would create further obstacles in the State’s protracted vaccine programme given that the AstraZeneca shot accounts for just over 20 per cent of the planned vaccine supplies to the State during the months of April, May and June.

EU ministers ‘frustrated’ by lack of EMA guidance on AstraZeneca vaccine (Irish Times)


This morning/afternoon.

“In my opinion, we can say it now, it is clear there is a link with the vaccine. But we still do not know what causes this reaction,”

“We are trying to get a precise picture of what is happening, to define in detail this syndrome due to the vaccine.”

“Among the vaccinated, there are more cases of cerebral thrombosis… among young people than we would expect.”

EMA head of vaccines Marco Cavaleri in an interview with Italy’s Il Messaggero newspaper.

EMA Official Links AstraZeneca Vaccine And Thrombosis (Barron’s)