100,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the space of a week, according to the HSE

After days of revelations over the Beacon Hospital's vaccine clinics, HSE boss Paul Reid says the programme is "heading to a new phase". 

The latest data on the vaccine drive shows a record number of shots were given on Thursday, close to 27,500.

That brings the seven-day total up to 106,000 doses. 

Health service boss Paul Reid says the intention is to vaccinate a similar number this week. 

The target set is for between 95,000 and 105,000 doses to be delivered. 

The bulk of them- 75,000 or 80,000- are to be administered at 540 GP surgeries, mostly to over-70s. 

Between 15,000 and 20,000 medically vulnerable patients are also due to be injected. 

While around 5,000 people in long-term care facilities will get a dose, along with the last appointments for health service staff. 

The health service is expecting to take delivery of a million vaccines in April -- with a "significant" consignment due in from AstraZeneca in the days ahead. 

Since December there have been over three quarters of a million injections -- with 211,000 people having received their second shot. 

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