Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

16.17 8 Apr 2021


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The one-millionth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been administered in Ireland today.

Officials had previously hoped to hit the milestone yesterday, but have confirmed it has been achieved today.

The HSE has also confirmed between 180,000 and 190,000 doses will be given across the country next week.

However, it'll be late this month or early next month before 250,000 jabs are being administered on a weekly basis.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the programme will ramp up next week.

He said: "We'll continue our focus next week on the over 70s - and, on the 80-84s, we'll largely be completing the second dose for that age group.

"We'll also be administering vaccines to the high-risk groups."

Meanwhile, people aged between 65 and 69 may be able to register for their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as next week.

An online portal is due to go live in the week commencing April 19th for members of the public to book their appointment.

However, Mr Reid said they're now trying to bring that forward as the portal is 'technically available'.

The team behind the portal is now looking at whether it's feasible to bring the launch date forward.

Main image: Pictured today are (l to r) HSE CEO Paul Reid and Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer, HSE at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to COVID-19. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

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