The Health Service Executive has told GPs that first dose allocations for patients in the 75 to 79 year age group will be limited next week.
The HSE said the decision to limit “dose one allocation” for the 75 to 79 age group was made “in order to maintain the equitable nature of the vaccination programme”.
It wants to ensure that as many people as possible in the older age groups are vaccinated first.
“The two key priorities for the distribution of available vaccine supplies next week are:
a) to complete first dose vaccines for those patients in the 80 to 84 category and
b) administer second doses for those patients aged over 85 who are due them.”
The HSE said the new limitations will impact on 100 of the 500 GP practices expecting vaccine deliveries next week.