Published: 18 June 2021
Close to two thirds of adults have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine as the vaccination programme begins to hit its ‘peak’, according to HSE CEO Paul Reid.
“Certainly this week and next week primarily will be our busiest and highest peak weeks of the campaign,” he confirmed.
He said over 3.45 million vaccines have been administered as of June 16th. Over 2.3 million people have now received the first dose or a single dose of vaccine, and close to 1.2 million people have received their second dose.
Mr Reid said 61% of adults are partially vaccinated and 31% of adults are fully vaccinated.
Between 265,000 and 275,000 doses were administered last week and he said the HSE expects to administer between 310,000 to 330,000 vaccines in the coming week.
He said it was ‘another good week in sustaining the impact' of COVID-19, as the 14-day incidence rate of the disease continued to decline.
“Every good week acts a double bonus as allows us the opportunity to continue the vaccination roll-out,” he said.
It was also confirmed that people aged between 35 and 39 years can register for a COVID-19 vaccine from next Sunday. The HSE has put the number of people in this cohort at 710,000.
Meanwhile, there was good news out of Limerick this week as the UL Hospital Group’s vaccination programme passed 150,000 vaccine doses administered since it got under way on January 4th.
The 150,000 figure does not include the vaccines delivered by colleagues in the HSE Midwest Community Healthcare, the National Ambulance Service, and GPs.
Bus Eireann is operating vaccination shuttles to the vaccination clinic at Limerick Racecourse, making travel easier for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The shuttle service departs University Hospital at 8am daily, operating every 20 minutes with the last service departing Patrickswell Racecourse at 8.20pm.