The Republic of Ireland has now a higher percentage of the adult population fully vaccinated against Covid-19 than the UK.
On Tuesday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Ireland was on track to overtake the UK in the next week or so.
On Saturday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that Ireland had edged ahead of the UK.
The Taoiseach said 72.4% of adults in Ireland were fully vaccinated, in comparison to 72.1% in the UK.
As of Saturday, 84.6% of the people over-16 in Ireland are partially vaccinated against Covid-19, with 70.6% fully vaccinated.
The Irish Government also confirmed earlier this week that the vaccine programme will be extended for 12-15-year-olds.