The numbers of doses of vaccines being administered daily has continued to rise, with 50,960 doses having been administered over the last seven days. The average number of doses administered per day is the highest we have seen since the HSE started releasing daily information.

Between Thursday the 11th and Wednesday the 17th of February, the last day we have data for, 50,960 doses of vaccine were administered, with 28,366 of those being first doses and 22,594 of those being second doses. The daily average number of total doses administered is now 7,280. Wednesday the 17th saw 16,315 vaccine doses administered.

Monday the 15th saw GPs begin to administer vaccines to people aged 85 and older, Cohort 3 in the Government’s vaccination programme. The CSO estimates that there are 490,000 people to be vaccinated in Cohort 3.

The number of those vaccinated in Cohort 3 increased to 4,177 on Wednesday the 17th, an increase of 3,013 on the 16th, and that number appears poised to continue rising, bar supply constraints. There is some potential uncertainty about that number as the HSE has recoded the Cohort of 4,108 of those vaccinated, and it is possible some of the 3,013 increase is caused by that recoding rather than reflecting new vaccinations of those over 85.

The total vaccination doses administered is now 310,900, with 197,609 of those being the 1st dose, and 113,291 of those being 2nd doses.

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 seven-day vaccination averages. On the 9th of February, the daily average number of doses administered was 5,628, with 39,393 doses having been administered between the 3rd and the 9th. Those numbers declined day-on-day until the 14th when they began to move upwards again, a trend that has continued to date.