Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has told the Dáil that the Government plans to have 700,000 people vaccinated by the end of March.
This would include the priority groups such as those in long-term residential care, both staff and residents, frontline healthcare workers, and those aged over 70.
In total, the government is aiming for almost four million people to be vaccinated by the end of September, Donnelly said.
The minister said the government plants to vaccinate more than 1.5 million people in the second quarter of this year. He said more than 1.5 million additional people should be reached in quarter three of 2021.
“At these levels, people most at risk of Covid-19 will be fully vaccinated by the summer,” he said.