37 vaccination centres will be set up nationwide and people will be vaccinated either there or in their local GPs
Every county in the country is set to have a vaccination centre to speed up the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People over the age of 85 are starting to receive their vaccine from today, which marks the first time the jab has been administered to the general population.
So far, vaccines have only been administered to frontline healthcare workers and those in nursing homes – but now the rollout is ramping up with the general population receiving a jab.
Those over the age of 85 are first on the priority list and this will then move down to the over 80s, over 75s and then over 70s. This age cohort accounts for 90% of deaths from COVID-19.
37 vaccination centres will be set up nationwide and people will be vaccinated either there or in their local GPs. Locally, the centre in Louth will be based at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk and in Meath, at the Simonstown Gaels GAA club.
So far 1.8% of the population has been fully vaccinated – with the final aim to eventually vaccinate at least 70% of the population. Health officials say it’s still to early to say if vaccinations are having an effect on the spread of COVID-19 but there are encouraging signs – case numbers are falling and there has been less outbreaks in nursing homes.