Ireland vaccine update: country to take new milestone as 18-34 year olds receive jabs

Ireland has taken an incredible new vaccine milestone with over 5 million doses due to be administered here.

The deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine has accelerated at an incredible rate, especially in the past few days due to the announcement that 18-34 year olds can now register for the Janssen single injection vaccine at pharmacies .

HSE chief Paul Reid said on Wednesday more than 100,000 doses had been administered this week.

And he revealed that by the end of today, more than 5 million doses will have been distributed.

Speaking to Twitter, he said: “More than 100,000 additional vaccines have already been administered this week, with 51.5% of the adult population now fully vaccinated and over 69% having a 1 dose.

“Today, more than 5 million vaccines will have been administered in total. Every day counts.”

Paul Reid, Managing Director of HSE

It comes as Ireland’s race to get the population vaccinated before another wave of the virus strikes with the Delta variant posing a number of risks.

The HSE chief said there had been a significant increase in the number of people presenting for Covid-19 swabs.

Mr Reid said on Tuesday it was an “early warning” regarding the Delta variant as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned Ireland was entering a fourth wave of the virus.

Mr Reid tweeted that 14,000 Covid-19 tests were carried out in communities on Monday – testing levels have not been this high since January 11.

He said the swab was increasing by 30% week by week and urged people to come for a test if they are symptomatic.

The HSE has drop-in testing centers across the country and an appointment or referral to get a free test is not required.

People can book online or go to a test center during opening hours for walk-in tours, but you can’t book online for someone else unless you book for your child and is under 16 years of age.

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