Ireland boosts vaccination programme

epa08870071 A phial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine ahead of being administered at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Britain, 08 December 2020. The UK started the largest immunisation programme in the country's history. Care home workers, NHS staff and people aged 80 and over will begin receiving the jab. EPA-EFE/LiIrish authorities are ramping up their vaccine programme this week, aiming to issue 100,000 vaccinations over the next seven days. [EPA-EFE/Liam McBurney]

Irish authorities are ramping up their vaccine programme this week, aiming to issue 100,000 vaccinations over the next seven days.

Moreover, as part of the government’s Living with COVID-19 plan set to be unveiled on Tuesday, people under the age of 65 with underlying health conditions are set to move up the priority list for the ongoing vaccine rollout.

In terms of numbers, on Saturday, Professor Brian MacCraith, head of the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination said that Ireland is set to issue one million doses per month over April, May, and June, according to news agency RTÉ.

“At the moment, we are expecting over a million a month in April, May and June. We are scaling up infrastructure, locations and staffing to allow us, as we have done so far, to do this,” said MacCraith. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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