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COVID-19 vaccination progressing well in Ireland; up to 2.7 lakh vaccine doses to be administered this week

DUBLIN: The Department of Health says that COVID-19 vaccination is progressing well in Ireland, with the aim of administering between 250,000 and 270,000 vaccine doses this week across the country.

The Government stated that vaccination has had a significant impact on the reduction of serious illness, hospital admissions, and deaths caused by COVID-19. This will allow the “gradual and safe re-opening of our economy and society”, the statement said.

The country has so far administered more than 1.8 million vaccine doses. More than five million people received their second dose, which means over half a million people are now fully vaccinated in Ireland.

One in three adults were able to receive the first dose of the vaccine. The government said that 80,000 to 90,000 people over the age of 70 and 120,000 people between the ages of 50 and 69 will be vaccinated this week.

The Department of Health is currently considering a revised HSE proposal based on recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) on the use of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. A decision on this will be made later this week.

At the same time, a survey conducted by the Department of Health in association with Amárach Research found that people’s interest in getting vaccinated has increased significantly. Around 70% of respondents said they’ll definitely get a vaccine.

Meanwhile, COVID-19-related hospitalisations in Ireland are declining. According to the figures from yesterday, 117 COVID-19 patients were being treated in hospitals across Ireland, with 36 in intensive care units.

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