Taoiseach Micheál Martin has received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
He said the vaccines are making a "major difference".
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today at a vaccination centre at Cork City Hall.
Martin shared a video on Twitter on Sunday as a nurse gave him his first jab.
"The vaccines are making a major difference, as we protect the most vulnerable and open up society," he added.
Registration for the Covid-19 vaccine opened last week for eople aged between 50 and 59 via the HSE's online registration system. The vaccinations subsequently began within the age group earlier this week.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed the news on Thursday evening during his nation address, stating: "You have responded extremely positively to the launch of the online portal.
"I'm pleased to confirm that over the course of next week, the portal will open for registration to all those aged 50 to 59."
The Taoiseach called the Covid-19 vaccines "transformative" and said we are already seeing their impact in Ireland.
He explained: "Already, almost all of our most vulnerable are now protected and we can already see that the rates of death, serious illness, hospital admissions and infections in people who have been vaccinated have collapsed.