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Vaccine Update: Government narrowly misses vaccination target

The latest available data shows that Ireland narrowly missed its target of vaccinating 80,000 people last week. HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid set the target last Monday, when he said that the country would complete “over 80,000 vaccinations” over “a very key week.”

A strong start to the week fell apart over the weekend, with only 1,911 doses administered on Sunday. Between Monday the 15th and Sunday the 21th of February, the last day we have data for, 77,938 vaccinations were administered. 39,053 of those were first doses, with 38,885 being second doses.

The total vaccination doses administered is now 353,971, with 222,073 of those being the 1st dose, and 131,898 of those being 2nd doses.

The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 11,134, with 1,911 vaccines having been administered on the 21th. The average number of doses administered per day has nearly doubled since the it first became possible to put together 7-day vaccination averages on the 9th of February.

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; 14,545 of these had received their first dose as of the 21th.

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 , a day on which only 2,710 doses were administered, when they began to move upwards again until the 17th, when they reached 16,439. The numbers have consistently declines since then, having dropped 13% by the 19th, when they started to sharply decline.

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