Nearly four million vaccines projected to arrive in Ireland over the next three months 1 week ago

Nearly four million vaccines projected to arrive in Ireland over the next three months

But Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has stressed the figures are "subject to change".

Nearly four million Covid-19 vaccines are projected to arrive in Ireland over the next three months.

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In a statement to mark the 100th day of the country's vaccine rollout, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the rollout of jabs is "accelerating" and provided details on how many doses Ireland is estimated to receive in the second quarter of this year.

He explained, however: "Delivery schedules have changed in the past as they are dependent on manufacturers meeting commitments. Confirmation of specific delivery dates typically occurs two weeks before a delivery is due.

"I hope these figures will provide some degree of comfort around the sheer volume of vaccines due in the coming months but would stress they are indicative."

Based on the current information available, Ireland is projected to receive 3.9 million vaccines from the start of April to the end of June.

The vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer's, as well as the recently approved single-shot Johnson & Johnson jab.

The deliveries of the jabs should accelerate each month, with 929,000 set to arrive in April, 1,250,000 in May, and 1,750,000 in June.

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Last week, Donnelly was criticised in the Dáil by Labour leader Alan Kelly in relation to a lack of transparency in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

As of Sunday, 4 April, 936,087 vaccines have been administered in Ireland.

663,411 people have received their first dose, while 272,676 have received their second.

Donnelly also said in his statement: "The impact of our vaccine programme is growing in strength and is already having a very positive effect on the lives of those who have been vaccinated.

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"The numbers of Covid-19 infections in long term residential care, among healthcare workers and in those aged over 85 has fallen dramatically since the vaccination programme began."

Recent figures show that cases among people aged 85 and older now represent fewer than 1% of all cases, down from almost 6% at the end of January.

While cases in outbreaks in long-term residential care settings represented 15% of the total at the end of January, that has fallen to less than 1% today.

This week, Ireland will reach a milestone of administering one million vaccine doses.

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For Donnelly's full statement, see here.