Sunday the 4th of April, the last day we have data for, saw only 1,115 vaccines administered, with 1,084 of those being first doses and 31 being second doses. It was a poor ending to a week which saw us administer 125,505 vaccines.
The total number of doses administered, as of the 4th, was 936,087, with 663,441 of those being the 1st dose, and 272,676 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 17,929.
The CSO estimates that there are 490,000 people to be vaccinated in Cohort 3, which includes those 70 and older who are not in long-term residential care. 268,767 of these had received their first dose as of the 4th of April.
Complicating matters has been a recent story from the Daily Mail which alleged that the staff vaccination booking system used by the HSE was “abused”. The booking system did not ask those who used it to show that they were employees of the HSE, and verification was not sought at any later point, meaning that anyone with a link to the portal could have used it get vaccinated at the same time as front-line medical staff. The HSE told the Daily Mail that it did not know the occupation of 25% of those it had vaccinated as part of Cohort 2.
Some of that number may be HSE staff who simply failed to list their occupation, but similarly it is possible that some of those who told the HSE they worked in particular occupations may simply have lied.
This on top of widespread reports that substantial numbers of non-frontline staff within the HSE have been receiving vaccinations.
244,371 first doses have been administered to Cohort 2, “frontline healthcare workers” – a number substantially higher than the total estimated number working in the sector.
The Beacon Hospital was recently removed from the vaccination programme after questions were raised about 20 vaccines it administered to schoolteachers after a separate HSE blunder caused hundreds of people to be double booked for vaccination appointments. Due to the blunder 200 people failed to appear for their vaccination appointments in the Beacon. There have been multiple reports since then of hundreds of missed appointments due to double booking by the HSE.
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.