One in five Irish people say they won't accept AstraZeneca vaccine if it is offered to them
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One in five Irish people say they won't accept AstraZeneca vaccine if it is offered to them

MORE than one in five people in Ireland have admitted they won't accept AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine if it's ever offered to them.

Last week, the Irish Post ran poll on social media, asking our readers whether they'd be happy to receive the AstraZeneca jab following reports that it could be unsafe.

Despite the recent bad press, the overwhelming majority of respondents admitted that they'd be more than happy to accept the jab.

Just 20.6% of people said they wouldn't take the vaccine, with 79.4% saying they would.

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Concerns were raised over the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a small number of patients develops blood clots after taking the jab, but no direct causal link has been established yet.

Last week, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar warned that anyone who rejects the AstraZeneca vaccine will go to the back of the queue and will have to wait until the end very end of the rollout to be offered another - and even then there'd be no guarantee that they wouldn't be offered the AstraZeneca jab again.

Ireland suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier in the year, following advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), but the decision was reversed shortly after.