An Taoiseach has said there will be “limited volumes” of Covid-19 vaccine in January and February and that May and June is likely to be the “optimal period” for the vaccine roll-out.
Martin said he would hope it could start being administered to priority groups “the following week” after it is approved.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is set to have an extraordinary emergency meeting in relation to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by 29th December at the latest and a similar meeting in relation to the Moderna vaccination on 12th January.
Martin said that “a whole workforce of planning” is involved in looking at administering the vaccine to the first priority groups and that further details of roll-out plans would be published tomorrow.
He cautioned however that the process is likely to take some months.