DUBLIN: The HSE says COVID-19 vaccination in Ireland is progressing rapidly and that 121,900 vaccine doses have been given so far.
Of the 121,900 vaccines given so far, 48,800 are for long-term residential care and 73,100 for frontline health care professionals. Meanwhile, HSE said it plans to administer the 3,900-second dose of the vaccine by Sunday.
Vaccines are currently available in more than 200 residential care facilities. The plan is to give 6,551 more vaccines in 78 areas by next week. HSE, meanwhile, said a total of 47,000 second-dose doses would be given to leading health workers and inmates in residential care homes by next week.
At the same time, HSE CEO Paul Reid said the incident where people outside the current priority groups received vaccines in hospitals should never have happened. He added that he did not want to waste a single dose and had given clear instructions to hospitals on the use of surplus doses.
The vaccine was first administered in Ireland by health workers in direct contact with COVID patients and residents of residential care homes over the age of 65.
Mr. Reid said the GPs also received their first dose of the COVID vaccine over the weekend. He also said the country currently offers the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine.
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