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Pharmacies to participate in Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme

DUBLIN: As part of the preparations to intensify Ireland’s vaccination program, the government plans to include pharmacies in COVID-19 vaccinations.

Pharmacists will also play a major role in vaccinations from June, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Seanad. “Where I think this is particularly important is in some of the areas that are further from the vaccination centres,” the minister said.

The move comes as the vaccine registration portal opens tomorrow for people aged 40 to 44. Minister Donnelly said that registration will begin with those aged 44 on Wednesday, followed by those aged 43 on Thursday, 42 on Friday, 41 on Saturday and 40 year olds on Sunday.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that a total of 2.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in Ireland so far, with over one million administered in May. Half of all adults in the country have now received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Despite the fact that vaccination is progressing well in Ireland, Mr. Reid warned that the virus has the potential to catch us again and that we must remain vigilant.

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