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Covid 19: 393 Cases, 8 Deaths - Updated Vaccine Plan Submitted

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06:33 6 May 2021


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There are 393 new cases of Covid 19 and eight additional deaths.

173 of the cases are in Dublin, with 42 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Donegal.

While 15 are in Meath and the rest, 103 cases, are spread across 20 other counties.

There are 131 patients in hospital with the virus and 36 in intensive care.

The five-day moving average has fallen to 410.

While the 14-day incidence rate is 130 cases per 100,000 people.

HSE Asks For J&J Flexibility

Meanwhile the HSE has asked the government for flexibility to use the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine in people aged under 50.

It's currently being used in those over 50 after advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

The HSE has submitted an updated rollout plan to the Department of Health for how doses should be used.

CEO Paul Reid explains what the aim is:

"That's to keep the momentum going of the vaccination programme as we have it."

"To continuously progress going down through the age groups, as is Government policy"

Additionally, he says, "to utilise all available vaccines to the various age groups that we have to supply to."

However Mr. Reid says, "but looking as the volumes, as they come, and are backended, particularly for the Janssen [Johnson & Johnson] vaccine."

"We would need the flexibility to administer below the ages of 50s, for some of the Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]."


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