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Half the adult population will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by today

More than 4.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered to date

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A nurse prepares a Covid-19 vaccination (Brian Lawless/PA)

A nurse prepares a Covid-19 vaccination (Brian Lawless/PA)

A nurse prepares a Covid-19 vaccination (Brian Lawless/PA)

Half of Ireland’s adult population will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of today, the Minister for Health has said.

More than 4.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered to date, with almost 49.6pc of the country’s adult population being fully vaccinated.

Additionally, 66.9pc of Irish adults have received their first dose of the jab.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly tweeted: “By the end of today half our adult population will have full vaccination.

“This will continue to grow in the days and weeks ahead.

“It's important that everyone continues to ensure they get their second dose.”

It comes as the country’s vaccination programme opened up to those between the ages of 18-34, who can register to receive a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine from Monday.

Some 800 pharmacies across the country have begun rolling out vaccines to those in the younger age categories.

It follows updated advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) that the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines can be given to people under 40.

People aged 18 to 34 can now choose to register for one of those jabs or opt to wait for an available mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna.

HSE Director-General Paul Reid said that 343,000 vaccines were received throughout the country last week.

“Another 343,000 vaccines administered last week,” he said in a tweet.

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“Over 49% of adults now fully vaccinated. Every day, more people are protected.

“Pharmacies play a key role this week also, in administering available Janssen vaccines to those aged 18-34 who ‘opt in’ for this one.”

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