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Vaccine Update: 114,150 vaccines administered in last 7 days

Between Saturday the 20th and Friday the 26th, the last days we have data for, 114,150 doses of vaccine were administered. This is the first time that Ireland has administered over 100,000 vaccines in a 7-day period.

The Government is still on track to miss its March vaccination target by a substantial margin.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 26th, was 786,569, with 567,023 of those being the 1st dose, and 219,546 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 16,307.

The Government has only five days left in which to administer 463,431 vaccines if they plan to hit their original target of administering 1.25m vaccines by the end of March.

We would need to administer 92,686 vaccines every day between Saturday the 27th and Wednesday the 31st of March to achieve that number.

It appears clear that we will miss the March target by a rather substantial amount, most likely somewhere in the region of 350-400,000 vaccinations.

The Government has said this is due to supply issues, and that is certainly part of the issue, but HSE figures show that, as of the start of this week, there were 175,345 unused vaccines in the country – we had received 855,360 vaccines as of Sunday the 21st, and more were expected to arrive each week.

Monday the 15th of February saw GPs begin to administer vaccines to people aged 85 and older, who are part of “Cohort 3” in the Government’s vaccination schedule. The CSO estimates that there are 490,000 people to be vaccinated in Cohort 3, which also includes those 70 and older who are not in long-term residential care. 215,018 of these had received their first dose as of the 26th of March.

18,439 vaccines have been administered to people in Cohort 4 as of the 26th of March. Cohort 4 consists of those “Aged 16-69 at Very High Risk.”

Daily reporting of vaccinating numbers only goes back to the 3rd of February, meaning that the 9th of February is the earliest day from which we can show total doses administered over a seven-day period. On the 9th of February, the daily average number of doses administered was 5,642, with 39,495 doses having been administered between the 3rd and the 9th.

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