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Vaccine Update: 450,000 first doses administered

As of Saturday the 13th, the last day we have data for, Ireland has administered just over 450,000 first doses of vaccines. Last week also saw us hit, for the first time in a month, our vaccination target.

The Government had set a target of 84,000 for last week after having missed their target of 92,000 the week before. That target was itself a reduction from a target of 100,000 for the week of the 15th.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 13th, was 615,934, with 451,589 of those being the 1st dose, and 164,345 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 12,333. Between Monday the 8th and Saturday the 13th we administered 84,955 doses.

Whilst we likely hit the weekly vaccination target a closer look at the data suggests we will not hit out target for administering vaccinations to Cohort 4. Cohort 4 consists of people “aged 16-69 at very high risk.” We were expected to administer 10,000 doses of vaccines to people in this Cohort last week, as of Saturday we had administered 4,057.

At current trends we will fail to hit the Government’s target of administering 1,250,000 doses by the end of March by a substantial amount. We have roughly two weeks, March 15th to 31st, to administer more vaccines than have been administered over the entire length of the vaccination programme to date – 640,232. Doing that would require us to administer 37,660 doses a day on all 17 days, more than three times the current rate.

Monday the 15th 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. 139,027 of these had received their first dose as of the 13th of March.

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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