Ireland has reached the milestone of having half a million Covid-19 vaccines administered.
The progress was confirmed by An Taoiseach Michael Martin this afternoon.
“Just been informed by the HSE that we have passed the half a million mark of Covid Vaccine doses administered,” Martin tweeted.
“Good news. The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.”
Sixty-three days have passed since the first Covid-19 vaccine was administered in Ireland.
Next week will see vaccines being rolled out to people with underlying health conditions, while vaccines for the over 70s and healthcare workers will continue.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: “Today we hit half a million vaccines administered. The info coming in from Ireland and abroad is that they’re incredibly effective. I want to thank everyone involved in our national vaccination programme for working so hard to protect our people.”
The HSE announced this morning that the number of people with Covid-19 in intensive care units in Ireland is at its lowest level since January 6th.
There are currently 401 patients in hospital with Covid-19, and 99 patients in ICU.