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21st Jan 2021

Stephen Donnelly – Every Irish resident to be offered a vaccine before September time

Sarah Finnan

Stephen Donnelly

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Stephen Donnelly said that “every resident” will be offered a vaccine before September time. 

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly told the Dáíl this morning that every Irish resident is to be offered a vaccine before September time – providing all expected vaccine candidates get regulatory approval.

Originally stating that “every citizen” would be offered the vaccine, Donnelly later clarified that he meant every “resident” in the country. Updating TDs on the situation, Donnelly said that the State is currently getting 40,000 doses a week from Pfizer, along with lower amounts from Moderna which is delivering every fortnight.

Commenting that Ireland is “on track” to meet its current target of administering 140,000 vaccines by this Sunday, he later said that the buffer of vaccines will be reduced to very low levels in order to account for an under-delivery from Pfizer earlier this week.

“We’re planning our programme based on a supply of vaccine that would mean every citizen could be vaccinated by September, so that’s what we’re working to.”

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