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Vaccine Update: Wednesday sets new record for daily vaccinations – 21,969

Wednesday the 24th, the last day we have data for, saw 21,969 vaccines administered – the highest number we’ve ever administered in a day. The Government is still on track to miss its March vaccination target by a substantial margin.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 24th, was 732,678, with 529,984 of those being the 1st dose, and 202,694 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 12,951.

This means the Government has only seven days left in which to administer 517,322 vaccines if they plan to hit their original target of administering 1.25m vaccines by the end of March.

We would need to administer 73,903 vaccines every day between Thursday the 25th and Wednesday the 31st of March in order to achieve that number.

It appears clear that we will miss the March target by a rather substantial amount, most likely somewhere in the region of 350-450,000 vaccinations.

The Government has blamed this on supply issues, and that is certainly part of the issue, but HSE figures show that, as of the start of this week, there were 175,345 unused vaccines in the country – we had received 855,360 vaccines as of last Sunday but had only administered 680,015 by that date. More deliveries are expected to arrive this week and next.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 24th, was 732,678, with 529,984 of those being the 1st dose, and 202,694 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 12,951.

Monday the 15th of February 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. 194,313 of these had received their first dose as of the 24th of March.

12,413 vaccines have been administered to people in Cohort 4. Cohort 4 is “Aged 16-69 at Very High Risk.” We are been aiming to vaccinate 10,000 people a week in this cohort but it took us over two weeks to vaccinate the first 10,000.

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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