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HSE on target to vaccinating 450,000 people per week

The HSE remains on target to vaccinate 450,000 people per week by mid-June with 10.9% of the population now fully vaccinated.

The HSE added that its overall vaccination targets for the population will be reached once vaccines supplies continue in an orderly manner.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that 191,800 Pfizer vaccines have arrived in the country today, which to date is the largest volume to arrive in the country.

As there is not enough vaccine volume to offer choice, Mr Martin stated that there will be no menu of vaccines to choose from but that the HSE is working to implement the National Immunisation Advisory Committee’s advice for administering the J&J vaccine for over 50s and the AstraZeneca to over 60s.

Dr Mary Favier, who works for NPHET, stated that the target of vaccinating 82% of the adult population would require everyone to pull out all the stops while adding that any easing of Covid-19 restrictions will be dependent on maintaining a high level of vaccinations.

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