First vaccinations to be administered on 30 December

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has mentioned the primary Covid-19 vaccines will be administered on 30 December.

Minister Donnelly mentioned frontline healthcare employees and nursing houses will be vaccinated first they usually can "then have a different conversation about opening up".

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, he mentioned just below 10,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are anticipated to arrive in Ireland on St Stephen's Day.

The minister mentioned {that a} second cargo of "several tens of thousands doses" would arrive within the first week of January and each week from then.

The hope is that the 30,000 folks dwelling in nursing houses will be vaccinated by some stage in February, he mentioned.

Minister Donnelly mentioned the Government is on the lookout for "an accelerated quantity" of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and for affirmation of the portions of the Moderna vaccine that can be made out there to Ireland.

He mentioned "let's wait and see" if restrictions will be relaxed later in January.

At a briefing the place the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions had been introduced, Taoiseach Micheál Martin mentioned vaccines had been on the best way.

But he mentioned that vaccinating tens of millions of individuals would take time and within the meantime folks have to be very vigilant.

Mr Martin mentioned they can’t go any sooner than they’re allowed by the out there provide of the vaccines and the dosing schedules required for them to be efficient.

"As despondent as any of us might feel with the return of restrictions, it is important to remember that the hope is real, there is light at the end of this tunnel," he mentioned.

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"Vaccines are on the best way, final evening I acquired affirmation that we are going to shortly obtain supply of just about 10,000 vaccines in opposition to this illness.

"The roll-out of these will commence next week to our most vulnerable and we will safely and swiftly build from there."

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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