The government has set a target to vaccinate 2.5 million adults by the end of July as nearly half of all adults have received their first vaccine dose. According to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, the government plans to innoculate 60% of the population by the end of July to reduce the risk of a fourth wave.
In relation to the risk of a fourth wave, Varadkar stated that the risk comes from increased socialisation, similar to what occurred last Christmas; however, vaccines are now available in this scenario.
The target has now been set as only 20% of the Irish population is fully vaccinated. With over 280,000 vaccines administered last week, HSE chief Paul Reid estimates that 300,000 vaccines will be administered this week.
However, Reid stated that it is difficult to give fair commitments to the vaccine administration due to the unpredictability of the J&J deliveries in June.