Experts urge caution on extending gap between doses of vaccines

Senior medics say a significant benefit to the vaccination programme would be needed to justify extending the gap

Coalition sources say following changes to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and the uncertainty around Johnson & Johnson, all options have  to be considered to keep the vaccination programme on track. Photograph: Getty Images

Coalition sources say following changes to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and the uncertainty around Johnson & Johnson, all options have to be considered to keep the vaccination programme on track. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior medics and experts have urged caution on extending the gap between doses of Covid-19 vaccines, saying a significant benefit to the vaccination programme would be needed to justify it.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has sought the advice of deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn and the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) on the possibility. Research has shown good levels of immunity from a single dose.

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