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Jab lot Vaccine supplies at pharmacies likely to quickly run out as requests for jabs rise

One pharmacist said they expected their remaining supply of 40 vaccines to run out by the end of the day

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Supplies of vaccines to pharmacies are expected to quickly run out thanks to the huge demand from 18-34 year olds.

For the first time people in the youngest adult age category can register to get the jab through pharmacies around the country.

But one pharmacist said they expected their remaining supply of 40 vaccines to run out by the end of the day.

Eleanor Spooner, co-owner of Spooner's CarePlus Pharmacy in Templeogue in Dublin told Newstalk breakfast: “"Our only thing now is that we'll have run out by the end of the day today - so we're hoping to get another delivery of Janssen later in the week."

"We intend to vaccinate 40 people today with what we have left in our fridge of the Janssen vaccine."

Up to 120,000 Johnson & Johnson jabs will be distributed to chemists over the next week.

Supplies of the single jab Janssen vaccine are expected to increase through August and September

The target is to have all adults being protected against coronavirus as early as the end of August.

Health Minster Stephen Donnelly tweeted this morning: “Our COVID-19 Vaccination programme continues to progress with speed. Janssen vaccine begins in pharmacies today for 18-34 year olds - but supplies are restricted over the month of July.”

Pharmacists have reported being inundated with phone calls to book a vaccination since the programme was opened to 18-34 year olds.

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