"Outbreaks almost eliminated" in fully vaccinated age cohorts, says Stephen Donnelly
"The impact of our Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to be seen."
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that "outbreaks and clusters" have been "almost eliminated" in age cohorts that are fully vaccinated.
The Health Minister said that the impact of Ireland's vaccination programme has had a significant impact on daily age-specific incidence rates, which have went down in age groups that are fully vaccinated.
"The impact of our Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to be seen," he said on Wednesday.
Donnelly added that "clusters" had decreased significantly in the fully vaccinated age brackets.
"This daily age-specific incidence rates of confirmed cases per 100,000 population from 9 May to 3 June shows how those age cohorts fully vaccinated have seen outbreaks and clusters almost eliminated," he continued.
It comes as Donnelly confirmed on Sunday that the goal of vaccinating three million people with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine was hit over the course of the bank holiday weekend.
In a video address about the vaccination rollout programme, he said: “We are hitting three million vaccine doses administered."
"We have had a huge response from everyone who is eligible for the vaccine so far," he continued.
“To those that aren’t yet eligible, let me promise you, let me assure you that we are doing everything we can to make sure that you get an option for a vaccine as soon as possible.”
Everyone from the ages of 40 to 69 can now register for their first dose via the online vaccination portal and Donnelly himself received his first dose of the vaccine on Saturday.
The Health Minister said that the government plans to get vaccines "out the doors" and administer them to other age cohorts "as soon as is possible."
For more information on how to register for a Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland using the new portal, check out JOE's handy guide here.