The Covid-19 vaccination roll-out continues this weekend with GP vaccination clinics in Galway and Cork delivering second dose vaccinations to more than 1,500 people aged over 75.

In addition, the HSE will continue to make calls to house-bound patients over the age of 70 with a view to completing the vaccination of this group over the next two to three weeks.

The HSE online facility for booking vaccination appointments opens to 63-year-olds from this morning.

NIAC will make its final decision on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Ireland over the coming days.

The European Medicines Agency say the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks of the single shot Covid 19 jab.

Concerns had been raised after blood clotting was reported as a very rare side effect.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is seen as critical for the Government to reach its target of vaccinating 82% of the eligible adult population by June.