The Health Minister has said his plan is for everyone to be offered a COVID vaccine by September.
Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Dáil this morning that Ireland is due to get 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first quarter of the year.
EU leaders will meet by video conference later to discuss a target of vaccinating 70 per cent of people by the summer.
Minister Donnelly says they're looking to get access to more doses of vaccine as soon as possible.
Carers who work in the formal sector will be included in the second cohort of people to get the vaccine.
Those employed by the HSE or private caring companies will be given priority access to vaccination, according to Minister Stephen Donnelly.
Dentists will also be included in the second cohort of people to get the vaccine as healthcare workers.