Published: 19 February 2021
As the vaccination rollout moves into the community and to our over 85s, 68,081 healthcare workers have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A further 99,386 have had their first vaccination (as of 15th of February).
To date, 280,581 vaccinations have been carried out across the country. Of those, 108,919 vaccines were administered to people in long-term residential care facilities, such as nursing homes, and 167,467 were given to healthcare workers.
Paul Reid, HSE CEO, said there was much to be positive about this week.
“We’re heading into a more positive phase in dealing with COVID-19. We all wish we had more supplies to vaccinate quicker. But soon we’ll have our most vulnerable living in care homes and in the community protected. And supplies improve from this week too. In recent weeks we were averaging around 45,000 vaccines that has gone to 85,000 this week and will continue to grow.”
It is planned for 62,000 further doses to be administered to healthcare staff in the coming week.
The vaccination programme for people aged 85 years and older has begun in some GP practices, with GPs across the country reporting great excitement as the vaccine programme moved into the community.
The first doses will take around three weeks to administer.
Dr Niall McNamara of the Keogh Practice in Waterford said,
“It's been absolutely electrifying here this morning. It's been a fantastic buzz and everybody is so happy to get it.”
In Kilkenny, a drive-in vaccination centre has been set up by the Ayrfield Medical Centre to deal with the steady stream of 85s and over who are excited to get their first COVID-19 jabs. Patients were able to drive up to the vaccination station, accompanied by another person, and get their first shot.
Dr Frank Chambers from the practice said everybody was very happy with the system put in place.
“It’s a very exciting day. It’s a new venture for us and we’re dealing with a cohort, some of whom haven’t been out in approximately a year plus - some of them haven’t been out in a number of years,” he said.
“Their carers’ and families have put great effort into getting them in here. They don’t have to get out of the car and it’s working very well and moving along very nicely.”
The COVID-19 vaccine registration portal is available for frontline healthcare workers to register for their vaccine. Frontline healthcare workers who have not already registered for a vaccine are being asked to register their details using the online portal over the coming days. This includes frontline healthcare workers working in
- HSE or HSE-funded organisations
- Private hospitals or clinics
- Community based not-for-profit and private healthcare providers not directly funded by the HSE
How early you register will have no impact on how quickly you will get the vaccine. Appointments will be scheduled based on the priority groups in the guidelines.
You can register here http://www.hse.ie/hcwvaccine