3.9 million vaccine doses to be delivered by 30th June
An estimated 3.9 million vaccine doses will be delivered by 30th June according to Taoiseach, Micheál Martin who confirmed that the HSE vaccine portal will open the week starting 19th April, allowing 65-69 year olds to book their jabs.
This comes as latest figures show that there have been 936,087 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland.
As of Sunday 663,411 people have received their first dose and 272,676 people have received their second dose.
Meanwhile public health officials have confirmed a further 423 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, 23 of them in Meath.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has reported that five more people have died with the virus. Four of the deaths occurred this month, and one was in February.
The latest figures bring the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 239,325 and the death toll to 4,732.
Of the cases notified today:
219 are men / 201 are women
73% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 30-years-old
199 are in Dublin, 41 in Kildare, 23 in Meath, 20 in Galway, 18 in Westmeath and the remaining 122 spread across 19 other counties.
As of 8am today, 232 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised. A total of 56 of these are in intensive care units. There has been 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
HSE CEO Paul Reid said today that the vaccine booking process will involve people registering their details online and being texted their vaccine slot, with some receiving their vaccines that week.
He said the HSE “will have to deal with some exceptions” for people who don’t have access to the internet and that those people will be dealt with “through a separate process”.