The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said this afternoon that 4,000 people received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab in the first few days of vaccinations last week.
The rollout of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme gets under way at nursing homes this week.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the residents and staff at 25 nursing homes are due to receive their first doses of the vaccine this week.
Reid said they wanted to target the most vulnerable – those residents and staff in nursing homes – in the next three weeks and follow that up with the second dose in the following three weeks.
Donnelly said the vaccination campaign will be scaled up to around 35,000 this week.