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Vaccine Update: 7 day vaccination rate twice what it was last week

Between Sunday the 21st and Saturday the 27th, the last days we have data for, 121,232 doses of vaccine were administered. This is the first week that Ireland has administered over 100,000 vaccines in a 7-day period.

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 27th, was 800,753, with 576,612 of those being the 1st dose, and 224,141 of those being 2nd doses. The average number of doses administered per day, over the last seven days, is now 17,319, more than twice what it was last week.

The Government has only four days left in which to administer 449,247 vaccines if they plan to hit their original target of administering 1.25m vaccines by the end of March.

We would need to administer 112,311 vaccines every day between Sunday the 28th and Wednesday the 31st of March 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 350-400,000 vaccinations.

The Government has said that this shortfall is due to supply issues, and that is certainly part of the issue, but HSE figures show that, as of Sunday the 21st we had received 855,360 vaccines, and more should have arrived since then.

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. 215,018 of these had received their first dose as of the 26th of March.

20,521 vaccines have been administered to people in Cohort 4 as of the 27th of March. Cohort 4 consists of those “Aged 16-69 at Very High Risk.”

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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