Plans are underway for everyone over 65 in Northern Ireland to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of February.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Northern Ireland passed the 220,000 mark on Friday.
Another nineteen Covid-19 related deaths were reported in Northern Ireland today.
Health officials have confirmed 462 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, including 21 in the Derry City/Strabane council area.
There have been 3,811 positive cases in the last seven days, down from 5,095 in the previous period.
The North’s hospitals are now at 90 per cent occupancy, with a total of 657 coronavirus patients and 69 patients with the virus in ICU.
NI’s vaccination programme continues to roll-out to various at-risk groups.
Mobile vaccination teams have administered first doses in all of Northern Ireland’s care homes – and second doses to over 80% of the homes. A GP programme has administered the Astra Zeneca vaccine to 83% of people aged 80 year old and over, and has started to vaccinate 70 – 79 year olds.
Meanwhile, seven regional vaccination centres will in parallel be offering offer Pfizer vaccination appointments to 65-69 year-olds. More than 50,000 people had booked their vaccination jabs through an online system which opened on Wednesday.