As of 20 February, 219,899 people in Ireland have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 130,423 people have received two doses. On 23 February the Government announced a change to the order in which the population will be vaccinated. People aged 16-69 with a medical condition that puts them at very high risk of severe disease will now be moved up the list and vaccinated in Group 4 (following the vaccination of people in long-term care facilities, frontline healthcare workers and those over 70 years of age). Included in this group are people who are severely immunocompromised, undergoing certain treatments for cancer, are on dialysis or have uncontrollable diabetes, are living with certain chronic illnesses, obese above a certain BMI, have sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, certain chronic neurological conditions, or certain inherited metabolic diseases.
Now in Group 5 will be those aged 65-69 who have a high risk of severe COVID-19, including cancer patients not covered under the previous group, those with cerebral palsy, severe asthma or liver cirrhosis, chronic heart disease, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Please see the full details here.
Below are links to pages with information on the vaccine:
Check hse.ie/covid19vaccine for regularly updated information about the vaccine
Details on getting the COVID-19 vaccine are updated regularly here
Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here if you’d like to follow the number of people vaccinated and the incidence rate in your area
Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos explaining important information about the COVID-19 vaccine are available here