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COVID-19 vaccine safety with Luke O’Neill, MRIA

17 December 2020

Luke O'Neill, MRIA speaks to Dick Ahlstrom, in the first episode of our new Vaccine podcast series, about the first COVID-19 vaccine given on the Island of Ireland, why this is such exciting news and why it is such an amazing achievement for science.

Listen to Luke O'Neill, MRIA discuss the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine developments

The first COVID-19 vaccine on the island of Ireland was given to a nurse in Belfast on 8 December 2020, and with the European Medicines Agency due to make a decision on the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, the Government of Ireland has also said its Covid-19 vaccination programme could begin before the new year.

Speaking to host Dick Ahlstrom, immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill, MRIA explains why this is such exciting news and why it is such an amazing achievement for science. He responds to some general concerns that people may have around vaccination, explaining the scientific and regulatory process in involved in vaccine approval. And he answers some specific questions sent in by people about vaccination for them or their loved ones.

Participate in our podcast series

  • Do you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines?
  • Maybe you want to understand how they work?
  • Maybe you wonder if they are safe for you to take?
  • Or perhaps you are just anxious to know when and how you will be vaccinated?

In this podcast series, science journalist Dick Ahlstrom chats with experts in public health, immunology, virology, bioethics, statistics and behavioural science, asking them everything you ever wanted to know about vaccines and vaccination.

If you have a question about vaccines, please email it to along with your name, age, and location.

In some cases, your question may be asked giving your name, age and location as you provide it, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be shared. Please ensure you have read our data privacy policy. 

This series is organised by the Life and Medical Sciences Committee  in partnership with the Health Research Board 



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