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Almost 1.1 million Covid-19 vaccines administered as numbers in hospital continue to decline

Almost one in five people have been vaccinated to date.

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Updated Apr 15th 2021, 12:59 PM

ALMOST 1.1 MILLION doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland to date, according to latest figures from the HSE.

According to the health service, 1,094,964 vaccines had been administered to those aged 16 or over as of Tuesday. 

The figure comprises more than 769,000 first doses and 325,243 second doses. The majority of doses given so far have been of the Pfizer vaccine, which makes up 73% of the total, followed by AstraZeneca (22%) and Moderna (4.5%).

The portal to register to get the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine opens for those aged 69 today.

A section on the HSE website is set to go live to allow people aged 69 to register for the vaccine from today, or after that. People can also phone the HSE to register.

From tomorrow, people aged 68 will be encouraged to register, from Saturday it will be 67-year-olds, from Sunday 66-year-olds will be encouraged to register, and 65-year-olds from Monday.

It comes as the number of patients being treated in Irish hospitals for Covid-19 has fallen again.

Data published on the HSE’s Daily Operations website shows that there were 174 coronavirus patients in hospital at 8pm last night, down from 189 the night before.

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However, the number of patients with Covid-19 being treated in the country’s intensive care units has risen slightly.

There were 48 people with Covid-19 in intensive care units last night, up from 47 on Tuesday evening. Of these, 24 were receiving ventilation care at 6.30pm last night.

Most patients continue to be treated in Dublin hospitals, with the highest numbers in Beaumont Hospital (21 patients), Connolly Hospital (18), the Mater Hospital (17), and St James’s Hospital (17).

The overall decrease follows a gradual decline in the number of Covid-19 patients in recent weeks.

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