pregnant women

  • The Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines have been approved for use in people over the age of 50.

    Cabinet ministers signed off on the move this morning following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

    The single-shot Johnson and Johnson jab can also be used for under-50s when other vaccines are not available.

    Meanwhile, women between 14 and 36 weeks pregnant are to be offered faster access to a Covid vaccine following new advice.

    Health minister Stephen Donnelly says officials are now working out when they can get the vaccine.......

  • The Maternity Unit at Mayo University Hospital is arranging for women who are between 14 and 36 weeks’ gestation to get their COVID-19 vaccine at the Mayo Vaccination Centre in Breaffy Resort.

    Women who have antenatal appointments will have an opportunity to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with their midwife or doctor. Afterwards their contact details will be passed on to the vaccination centre to arrange an appointment, should they decide to proceed with vaccination. This also applies to women who have appointments at the outreach clinics in Claremorris, Ballina and Castlebar.

     In addition the hospital has set up a COVID-19 vaccination line for pregnant women between 14 and 36 weeks’ gestation to call if they are interested in getting the vaccine. The number is 094 9042313 and women can call between 10am and 1pm.

     Pregnant women are being offered an mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.

     Information on getting the vaccine and the vaccination centres is available on

     Antenatal outpatient appointments are going ahead at Mayo University Hospital this week.