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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Department of Health

Vaccination Programme

Photo of Cormac DevlinCormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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170. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out programme. [37506/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The vaccination programme continues to make significant progress with over 4.55 million vaccines administered as of 7 July. Over 2.6 million have now received a first vaccine dose with more than 1.9 million fully vaccinated.

The vaccine rollout continues at pace despite the HSE cyber-attack, albeit with some impact on data reporting systems.

There are now 42 Vaccination Centre sites operating nationally, following the opening of additional sites in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, and the Munster Technical University campus in Cork. Approximately 1.9m people who registered on the public portal have now received a vaccine at one of the HSE operated Vaccination Centres since they commenced operation. The HSE online portal opened for those aged 30-34 on Wednesday 7 July. 

The week commencing 5 July saw pharmacies begin to administer vaccines to those aged 18-34 years of age on an opt-in basis. From the week commencing 12 July, a further option will open on the HSE registration portal to allow those people aged 18-34 who choose to opt into an early vaccination to register their interest for an AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccine.  

The success of the vaccination programme has led to a marked reduction in levels of hospitalisation and has been a key enabler in the significant reopening of Irish society.


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