Ireland’s Olympic athletes are to receive their vaccine ahead of the Tokyo games.
Pfizer has offered its jab to the athletes and their support teams.
J&J Jab Begins Rollout
In a further boost to the vaccine rollout programme, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has started to be administered to the public for the first time.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is regarded as being the best vaccine for hard to reach communities.
It’s one shot meaning once someone gets it, they are fully vaccinated after two weeks.
Homeless people in Dublin have now started receiving it and it’s hoped up to 700 doses will be administered to this group by the end of next week.
Dr Austin O’Carroll from the HSE says take up has been good.
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Pfizer Jab For Olympics Athletes
Elsewhere it’s emerged Pfizer will be offering its vaccine to Ireland’s Olympic athletes.
Also it's doing that for all athletes worldwide heading to the Tokyo Games.
The Irish numbers, which are in the low hundreds, will be in addition to the current delivery agreements between Pfizer and the Government.
The Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland says the move is extremely welcomed.
So that's given the high levels of anxiety among those heading to the Olympics.