Jack Quann
Jack Quann

06.41 7 Apr 2021


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The one millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine is set to be administered in Ireland later on Wednesday.

The Government had previously aimed to get to 1.25 million doses by the end of March, however this was hampered by supply issues.

As of April 3rd a total of 932,324 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered here.

This translates as 660,800 people who received their first dose, and 271,524 people who got their second dose.

One in six adults in Ireland have now received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said on Monday that Ireland would reach the one million vaccinations 'milestone' this week.

Latest figures also show there are 261 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, including 60 in intensive care.

It also comes amid calls for more outdoor activities to be allowed, after new figures revealed just one in every 1,000 cases of COVID-19 is traced to outdoor transmission.

According to the data, outdoor transmission of the virus accounts for 0.1% of the country's coronavirus cases.

However, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said it cannot determine where transmission took place for definite.

From this month, the Health Service Executive (HSE) will carry out seven-day contact tracing - as opposed to two days - in the hope to determine the source of infection better.

While NPHET has consistently warned there are still risks, it has also said outdoor activities are much safer than indoor ones.

Representatives from the hospitality industry have said the data raises the question of whether outdoor dining could resume sooner than anticipated.

Moving outdoors

Plans to move diners outside this summer are already underway, as part of a €17m scheme.

The Outdoor Dining Scheme will see grants available for tourism and hospitality businesses .

There will also be funding for local authorities for permanent, long-term outdoor facilities.

It will be in two parts: part one will provide funding for individual tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their own outdoor seating capacity.

Part two will allow local authorities to develop "permanent outdoor public dining spaces" in towns and urban centres, similar to those across other parts of Europe.

This will include weatherproofing and infrastructure, with each local authority able to apply for up to €200,000 for this.

The scheme will open for applications on April 12th.

Main image: Kate Ryan from Bray, Co Wicklow is given her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by nurse Francis Galvin at the HSE Vaccination Centre in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on April 4th 2021. Picture by: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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