Daily vaccination numbers have decreased sharply since Wednesday of last week, the 17th, with the daily number of vaccine doses administered now having fallen from 16,747 to 4,424. The previous Monday, the 15th, had seen 8,165 doses administered.
Between Tuesday the 16th and Monday the 22th of February, the last day we have data for, 74,540 vaccinations were administered. 41,202 of those were first doses, with 33,338 being second doses.The fall in the numbers vaccinated will be a blow to the Government. They have said they want to vaccinate over 80,000 people this week. They had the same target last week but narrowly missed it, only administered 78,281 doses over the week. They had looked on track to hit the target but a disappointing performance on Sunday, with only 1,911 vaccines administered, saw the target slip by.
The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 10,649, with 4,424 vaccines having been administered on the 22th. 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, but that will decrease over the coming days unless daily vaccination numbers pick back up.
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. Cohort 3 also includes all those over 70 who are not in long-term care facilities. The CSO estimates that there are 490,000 people to be vaccinated in Cohort 3; 15,864 of these had received their first dose as of the 22th.
The total vaccination doses administered is now 359,559, with 226,234 of those being the 1st dose, and 133,325 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 , 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 declined sharply since then.