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April 20th, 2021
The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and as of 13th April 1,094,964 vaccines have been administered in Ireland. While we have largely completed vaccinations for the first 2 allocation groups, we are still working to vaccinate these groups:
Vaccination of people aged 70 and over continues by GPs, who are now largely vaccinating the group aged 70 to 74. Our National Ambulance Service is also providing vaccines to people aged 70 and over who cannot leave home to be vaccinated.
Vaccinations, for people aged 16-69 with certain health conditions that put them at very high risk is underway. 76,331 vaccines were administered to people in Group 4 as of Tuesday, 13th April. Our hospital and healthcare teams continue to work to identify, contact and vaccinate people in Group 4. GPs will be vaccinating people in Group 4 who are not regularly in contact with hospitals.
Because of the recent changes in recommendations about the AstraZeneca vaccine, people aged under 60 in this group will now be offered an mRNA vaccine.
For now, people in this group don’t need to take any action. We understand that people are waiting to hear about the timing of their vaccine – your hospital, health service, or your GP will contact you when your vaccine is ready. This will continue over the next few weeks.
Group 5 and 6 – from Thursday the 15th April, people aged between 65 and 69 could register for their COVID-19 vaccine online. People were asked to register on different days depending on their age:
Registration dates and age groups
- Friday, 16 April – people aged 68 should register
- Saturday, 17 April – people aged 67 should register
- Sunday, 18 April – people aged 66 should register
- Monday, 19 April – people aged 65 should register
People in this age group who are registering online will need their Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), their Eircode, an email address or a mobile phone number.
A friend or family member can help. If someone is finding it difficult to go online and register or they can ring HSELive for support on 1850 24 1850 or 01 240 8787 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days.
Once registered, the person will receive their vaccine appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine at a HSE Vaccination Centre. Appointment will start from Thursday, 22nd April.
You can read more about the AstraZeneca Vaccine and its safety and effectiveness at this link – https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/astrazeneca/overview.html
You can read more information about these updates on this page dedicated to the vaccine rollout – https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout/rollout.html
You can find more information about how to register here if you are Deaf or hard or hearing.