Stephen Donnelly confirms 69% of the adult population are now fully vaccinated
Over 5.5 million doses have now been administered.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that 69% of the adult population are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as 83% have had at least one dose.
Donnelly penned on Twitter on Monday: “Well over 5.5 million doses now administered.
“A huge thanks to all the vaccinators and the staff in our vaccine centres across the country, as well as the GPs, pharmacists and all involved.”
The Government’s target had initially been to see 80% of the adult population to be vaccinated with a first dose by the end of June.
The news comes just a day after HSE CEO Paul Reid confirmed that 68% of the adult population were now fully vaccinated with 83% having received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
However, he added that in spite of the success of Ireland's vaccine rollout, hopsitalisations are rising with 123 people currently in hospital with the virus.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday he said: "Hospital Covid-19 numbers are rising at 123, 21 in ICU.
"Positively, now over 5.5M vaccines administered with 83% of adults now partially vaccinated and over 68% fully.
"As hospitality, society and the economy opens up further, let's all embrace it safely and make it work."
Everyone over the age of 18 in Ireland can now register for an mRNA vaccine.
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.
The figures, which compare the seven-day rolling average of the 38 countries in the OECD, show that Ireland, in the seven days up to 18 July, had been vaccinating 1.24% of the population per day.