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Vaccine Update: Government fails to hit vaccination targets for second week running

The Government has missed its target of administering 100,000 doses of vaccine last week with only 81,843 doses administered. This is the second week in a row in which the Government has failed to hit its target.

The Government is saying that the failure to hit the target is due to a supply issue but that does not appear to be the full truth. Ireland has a reserve supply of vaccines, kept back for later use, that could have been deployed to make up the shortfall in supply. This does not appear to have been done.

The 5-day average, running Monday to Friday, was up 14% against last week, but overall, taking into accounts the weekend vaccination rates, there has been no substantial improvement in rate of vaccination across the last two weeks.

Between Monday the 22nd and Sunday the 28th of February, 81,843 vaccinations were administered. 73,812 of those were first doses, with 8,031 being second doses.

The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 11,692. The average number of doses administered per day has slightly more than doubled since the it first became possible to put together 7-day vaccination averages on the 9th of February.

Between the 15th and the 21st the Government had promised to administer 80,000 doses of vaccine, but poor weekend performance saw only 78,695 doses administered. There was some confusion on this point, as the COVID hub data uploaded by the Government seemed to show they had hit this target, but the more accurate data from the HSE’s IIS shows it was actually missed.

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. 51,934 of these had received their first dose as of the 28th.

The total vaccination doses administered is now 439,782, with 297,899 of those being the 1st dose, and 141,883 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 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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