Covid-19 vaccination programme

  • 18 to 34 year olds will be able to get Covid-19 vaccines in pharmacies from next Monday.

    The official advice from NIAC is under 50's should get an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer where possible.

    However, 18 to 34 year olds who want an earlier vaccination will be able to get the one-shot Johnson and Johnson in a local pharmacy.

    The HSE say 53,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available at pharmacies nationally.

    It says there are an additional 70,000 doses available at short notice "if needed".

    People aged between 18 and 34, and those aged over 50 are encouraged to contact their local pharmacy to check availability.

  • The Minister for Health has announced that people aged 35-39 can register for a Covid-19 vaccine from Sunday.

    In a post on Twitter, Minister Stephen Donnelly said registration will open on Sunday for 39 year olds, Monday for 38 year olds and so on.

    Registration is via the HSE website.


  • 44-year-olds can register for a Covid-19 vaccine from today.

    The HSE's registration system will then open for 43-year-olds tomorrow, and will work down to 40-year olds on Sunday.

    The health service says it expects appointments will start to be scheduled from the middle of this month.


    Meanwhile,  the Chief Medical Officer says the country will remain 'vulnerable' in June and July because a large amount of the population won't be vaccinated.

    Dr Tony Holohan says no assurances can be given that the level of Covid-19 will remain similar to recent weeks.

    In a letter to the Health Minister, he expressed concern about variants, particularly the Indian strain.

    He says case numbers and the incidence rate remain relatively high.





  • A new Covid-19 vaccination centre opens today in Clifden.

    The new satellite centre is based at Clifden Community School, and vaccination teams will provide vaccines to the public on one or two days per week, depending on demand.

    The HSE says this will improve access to vaccines for rural communities in the Connemara area.

    Meanwhile, the HSE's online portal will open tomorrow for 34-year-olds to register for a Covid-19 vaccine.

    The application process will continue with 33 year olds on Thursday, down to 30-year-olds on Sunday.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says appointments will be given out within days of registering.



  • The Health Minister says the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme remains on track following recent developments which he's described as 'good news'.

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended the Johnson and Johnson vaccine be offered to people over the age of 50.

    While it's now recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine be offered to people in their 50s as well as their 60s.

    Speaking on his way into Cabinet this morning, Minister Stephen Donnelly says this means 80 per cent of the adult population should be vaccinated by the end of June...



  • 18 to 34 year olds will be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine in pharmacies from next Monday.

    The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that pharmacists can begin administering the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to this age group from the start of next week, while -in what the Minister termed a two-track approach - the vaccine portal will also open to 18-34 year old who wish to receive the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson jabs in a vaccination centre from the following Monday ,12th July.

    It's hoped administering the vaccines through pharmacies will speed up the rollout among younger people, amid fears of a fourth wave of Covid-19, due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

    A list of participating pharmacies in each county is available on the HSE website.

    Ultan Molloy of HealthWest Pharmacies in Ballindine and Ballyhaunis told Midwest News that it's great news for young people, who can now get vaccinated quicker than originally planned....

  • The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has advised reducing the gap between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    It has recommended 8 week intervals instead of the current 12 weeks.

    The advice could see thousands of people who've had a first dose fully vaccinated sooner than expected..

    The recommendation from NIAC has gone to the HSE which is now considering its implementation.

  • Over half of the adult population will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 today.

    Brian MacCraith , chairman of the vaccination taskforce, says the landmark will be reached this morning.

    Under-35s will continue to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in pharmacies today, and 34-year-olds can sign up for an MRNA jab on Friday.

  • A significant under-delivery of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has put the government's vaccination timeline in doubt.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says in a best case scenario Ireland will only get half the promised amount of the single-jab vaccine in June.

    It's expected half of all adults will have been given at least one vaccination by the end of this week.

    But Minister Donnelly says the target of 82 per cent of adults getting a jab by the end of June is now in question...

  • A Tuam-based pharmacist has welcomed the announcement by the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly that pharmacists will begin administering Covid-19 vaccines early this month.

    Over 1,000 pharmacists across the country have applied to be part of the vaccine rollout programme, and the Health Minister indicated that a dispute over payment for the service has now been resolved.

    Secretary General of the Irish Pharmacy Union, Tuam-based Darragh O'Loughlin has welcomed the Minister's comments, and says it makes sense for pharmacists to get involved, to assist people who may otherwise have to travel a long distance to a vaccination centre, or who are hesitant about receiving the vaccine and want to ask their local pharmacist for advice.

    Mr O'Loughlin told Midwest News that pharmacists are willing and ready to get involved, but have not yet had formal confirmation....



    People in their 30s are set to be able to register for a Covid-19 vaccine next week.

    The HSE says it expects registration for 30 to 39 year olds to open online shortly.

    Over 3.1 million vaccines have been administered so far - with registration still open for 40 to 69 year olds.

     From next week pharmacists are also due to administer vaccines for their first time.

    Meanwhile, the lowest number of Covid-19 cases so far this year was recorded yesterday.

    There were 259 new cases - which is the lowest since December 12th.

    Limerick has the highest 14-day incidence rate in the country, at 449 cases per 100,000 people.

    76 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, with 27 in intensive care.