Nearly four out of five adults in Ireland partially vaccinated against Covid-19 2 months ago

Nearly four out of five adults in Ireland partially vaccinated against Covid-19

The HSE's CEO has said he is "quite proud" of everyone involved in the vaccine rollout.

Nearly four out of five adults in Ireland have been partially vaccinated against Covid-19, according to HSE CEO Paul Reid.

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Posting on Twitter on Wednesday morning, the HSE chief said 5.3 million Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, with 65% of adults fully vaccinated and 79% partially vaccinated.

The news comes as everyone aged over 18 is able to register for an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine from today (Wednesday, 21 July).

This means people aged between 18 and 24 will now be able to get a Pfizer or Moderna jab soon, just days after registration opened to 25-29-year-olds.

Reid wrote: "Our vaccination programme has been under much understandable public scrutiny. As it now opens to those aged 18-24 to register online, feeling quite proud of everyone involved."

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stated on Tuesday that Ireland's vaccine programme is now "ahead of schedule".

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"All those 18+ can register for an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/Moderna) from tomorrow," he said yesterday.

"This is because our vaccination programme is ahead of schedule and continues to perform really well. Huge thanks to our vaccination teams and volunteers in vaccination centres."

Ireland is currently the fastest country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for Covid-19 vaccinations.

The country also ranks 12th in the 38 OECD member countries in terms of vaccines administered.