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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH has published official vaccine supply projections for April, May and June.
It is estimated that 3.9 million doses will be delivered on June 30 and the Department will provide for the first time a breakdown of supply by manufacturer.
The breakdown comes when Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that the HSE vaccine portal will open the week from April 19, allowing young people aged 65 to 69 to book their shots.
People aged 65 to 69 are in cohort 6 of the government prioritization list, after people with underlying health conditions.
HSE Paul Reid said today that the booking process will involve people registering their details online and texting them in the vaccine slot, and some are receiving the vaccines this week.
He said the HSE “will have to deal with some exceptions” for people who do not have access to the internet and that these people will be treated “through a separate process”.
Of those who book their vaccination online, most will receive their vaccines at vaccination centers.
“Within this week we will start the process, so the week starting on the 19th, this week we will start the process to vaccinate people in this age group as well, mainly through vaccination centers,” Reid said.
Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly also said vaccination centers will play a more important role.
“We are increasing as supply arrives, so across the country we have 38 vaccination centers and 19 of them are already open. And obviously the plan is, as we move to several hundred thousand of vaccines a week, which will take on more and more weight, ”he said.
Ireland is expected to receive 2,128,000 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in the second quarter: 546,000 doses in April, 738,000 in May and 844,000 in June.
The country should expect to receive 383,000 doses of the Modern vaccine during Q2 – 118,000, in both April and May, with 147,000 doses scheduled for June.
Source: Department of Health
Today marks the first 100 days of Ireland’s vaccination program, which has experienced supply problems and controversy over prioritization.
As of Sunday, 936,087 doses had been administered in Ireland and the country was expected to reach the milestone of one million doses administered this week.
Of these, 663,411 were first doses with 272,676 people in Ireland now fully vaccinated.
Donnelly also said today that deliveries scheduled for the second quarter “may and may fluctuate.”
“Delivery schedules have changed in the past, as they depend on manufacturers to meet commitments,” he said.
“Confirmation of specific delivery dates usually occurs two weeks before the delivery date. I hope that these figures provide a certain degree of comfort in terms of the large volume of vaccines planned in the coming months, but I would stress that they are indicative. “
Delivery estimates released today show that June will be a key month in vaccine launch in Ireland. The government has pledged to give 80% of adults a first dose before June 30.
A total of 1,750,000 doses are expected for delivery in June, 1,250,000 doses scheduled for May and 929,000 in April.
Most of Johnson & Johnson’s unique vaccine [432,000] they are not expected to be delivered until June.
AstraZeneca, which has caused major delivery setbacks in Ireland, is expected to supply 813,000 doses in Q2: 224,000 in April, 262,000 in May and 327,000 in June.
Today’s forecasts come after the three teachers ’unions passed a motion calling for the vaccination program to be prioritized and a ballot for industrial action, including the strike, if the government fails to meet their demands.
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The three unions – the National Teachers ‘Organization of Ireland (INTO), the Association of Secondary School Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) – had agreed to present a joint motion on the topic at their annual conferences, which began yesterday.
The motion condemns the recent changes in the list of priorities for teachers within the national immunization program and calls on the government to re-establish educational staff as a priority group within the national immunization program.
The motion also calls for early vaccination within the general cohort of pregnant teachers ’educational staff, those in higher-risk categories, and those working in special schools, special classes, and school community liaison teachers.
If the government does not agree to prioritize program teachers at the end of the current academic year, the motion establishes a membership ballot for industrial actions until the strike is included.
Minister Foley told Morning Ireland that the decision to switch to an age-based vaccine launch was not “a value judgment” for any profession, but based on available science.
– With the report by Rónán Duffy