The Government has defended changes to the vaccine roll-out that have been strongly criticised by sectors which believe they should be given priority.

The new model will see people vaccinated based on age after the over-70s, medically vulnerable and those with underlying conditions have been taken care of.

Following the first 8 groups of elderly, healthcare workers and medically vulnerable, the next cohort to be vaccinated will be those aged between 55 and 64, then 45 to 54 and so on.

It means groups like Gardaí, teachers and family carers who had been pushing for early vaccination won't get it.

But Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says they're following scientific advice:

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