140,000 Covid vaccines to be administered by next Sunday 1 month ago

140,000 Covid vaccines to be administered by next Sunday

By last Sunday, 94,000 vaccines had been administered in Ireland.

140,000 Covid vaccines are set to be administered by next Sunday, according to Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly.

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Donnelly said that 71,000 vaccines have been administered to our frontline healthcare workers and 23,000 to residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

On Tuesday morning, Donnelly said: "We are on track for 140,000 doses to be administered by next Sunday (24 January) which will see first doses administered in our nursing homes and over 71,000 of our frontline healthcare workers."

This week, Ireland will also see the first batch of the second dose of Covid-19 vaccinations administered.

This means that people who have already received a first dose of the vaccine - including Annie Lynch, the first person in Ireland to receive the vaccine - will be administered their second dose.

The latest figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE) has the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the country at 1,911, with 196 in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Donnelly also said on Monday morning that he will seek a "full account" of what happened from the Coombe Hospital after 16 vaccines were given to family members of staff.