HSE Bullish About Vaccine Saying Ireland 3rd Fastest in EU Roll-Out Rate

Covid-19 - Vaccination via @HSELive

The Health Service Executive have updated media today with the news that the vaccine rate of dosage in Ireland is now approaching 250,000 people

As of Monday evening, 243,353 vaccines were administered, 154,900 have received the first dose while 88,453 people accepted their second dose and are now fully vaccinated.

A total of 91,548 vaccines have been administered in long-term health care facilities and 150,789 to healthcare workers.

Next week, the HSE says 79,500 vaccines will be given, but only 12,000 of those will be given to the over-70s starting with those who are over 85.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said 12,000 people aged over 85 are expected to receive their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

He said that next week is a “very exciting week” and that we are now “truly moving into a new phase“.

Mr Reid said that the first 12,000 people from this age group will be vaccinated in 84 GP practices across 20 counties.

He said the roll out to this cohort does “accelerate very significantly in the week following“.

Mr. Reid says Ireland is third in the EU per head of population – behind Malta and Denmark – for vaccinations administered to date, adding ”we truly are moving into a new phase.”