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Vaccine Update: Over 120,000 vaccines administered last week

Between Monday the 29th and Saturday the 3rd, the last days we have data for, the Government administered 122,718 vaccines. Sundays have generally seen much lower levels of vaccinations, but it would appear likely that we administered somewhere in the region of 125,000 vaccines over the full week.

The total number of doses administered, as of the 3rd, was 932,324, with 660,800 of those being the 1st dose, and 271,524 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 17,922.

Complicating matters has been a recent story from the Daily Mail which alleged that the staff vaccination booking system used by the HSE was “abused”. The booking system did not ask those who used it to show that they were employees of the HSE, and verification was not sought at any later point, meaning that anyone with a link to the portal could have used it get vaccinated at the same time as front-line medical staff. The HSE told the Daily Mail that it did not know the occupation of 25% of those it had vaccinated as part of Cohort 2.

Some of that number may be HSE staff who simply failed to list their occupation, but similarly it is possible that some of those who told the HSE they worked in particular occupations may simply have lied.

This on top of widespread reports that substantial numbers of non-frontline staff within the HSE have been receiving vaccinations.

244,116 first doses have currently been administered to Cohort 2, “frontline healthcare workers” – a number substantially higher than the number estimated to be working in the sector.

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.  267,314 of these had received their first dose as of the 3rd of April.

43,362 first doses have been administered to people in Cohort 4 as of the 31st of March. Cohort 4 consists of those “Aged 16-69 at Very High Risk.”

The Beacon Hospital was recently removed from the vaccination programme after questions were raised about 20 vaccines it administered to schoolteachers after a separate HSE blunder caused hundreds of people to be double booked for vaccination appointments. Due to the blunder 200 people failed to appear for their vaccination appointments in the Beacon. There have been reports since then of hundreds of missed appointments due to double booking by the HSE.

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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