COVID-19 vaccination in the Republic of Ireland

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COVID-19 vaccination in the Republic of Ireland
COVID-19 Vaccination Centre road sign in the Republic of Ireland.png
Large vaccination centres were put in place nationwide to administer COVID-19 vaccines
Date29 December 2020–present
Location Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland
Cause COVID-19 pandemic
Organised by
Participants
  • 3,631,415 first doses [1]
  • 3,566,754 second doses [1]
  • 236,518 single doses [1]
Outcome

93.1% of the Irish adult population (18+) are fully vaccinated [2]

  

Website Gov.ie – COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in the Republic of Ireland is an ongoing mass immunisation campaign that began on 29 December 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland. [3] [4] Ireland's vaccination rollout has been praised as one of the most successful rollouts in the world and was ranked number one in the European Union in terms of its percentage of adult population fully vaccinated. [5]

As of 5 December 2021, 3,631,415 people had received the first dose of a vaccine, 3,566,754 had received their second dose and 236,518 had received a single dose, bringing the total of vaccines administered to 7,434,687. [1]

Background

Preparations

On 1 December 2020, the Government of Ireland approved an advance purchase agreement for 875,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. [6] [7] [8]

On 15 December, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced the Government's National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which outlined the country's high-level plan for safe, effective and efficient vaccination of the Republic of Ireland, while safeguarding continued provision of health and social care services. [9] [10] [11]

On 17 January 2021, the Government requested early deliveries of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as discussions to secure early delivery of the vaccine got underway. [12] [13] [14]

Vaccines on order

VaccineDoses orderedApprovalDeployment
Pfizer–BioNTech 5.4 millionGreen check.svg 21 December 2020 [15] Green check.svg 29 December 2020 [16]
Moderna 0.88 millionGreen check.svg 6 January 2021 [17] Green check.svg 16 January 2021 [18]
Oxford–AstraZeneca 3.3 millionGreen check.svg 29 January 2021 [19] Green check.svg 8 February 2021 [20]
Janssen 2.2 millionGreen check.svg 11 March 2021 [21] Green check.svg 6 May 2021 [22]

COVID-19 booster campaign

The HSE announced on 24 September that immunocompromised people aged over 12 would be notified of an appointment for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Wednesday 29 September, as Ireland's COVID-19 booster vaccination campaign would commence. [23] In addition, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee recommended additional vaccines be given to elderly people aged over 80 and to anyone over 65 in a long-term care facility. [24]

On 19 October, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) approved vaccine boosters for people aged 60 and over. [25]

On 1 November, following new advice from NIAC, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly authorised the use of booster vaccines for healthcare staff, [26] while boosters were extended to people aged 50 to 59, those aged 16 to 59 with an underlying condition and all long-term healthcare facility residents on 16 November. [27] On 26 November, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced that booster vaccines would be offered to everyone aged 16 and over, starting with pregnant women aged over 16, those aged 40 to 49 and those aged 16 to 39, following new recommendations from NIAC. [28]

Timeline

December 2020

Annie Lynch, a 79-year-old woman, became the first person in the Republic of Ireland to receive the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine at St. James's Hospital, Dublin on 29 December 2020, [16] [29] [30] and received the second dose three weeks later on Tuesday 19 January 2021. [31]

On St Stephen's Day, the first shipment of 10,000 Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines arrived in the country. [32] [33] [34]

Maura Byrne, a 95-year-old woman, became the first nursing home resident in the Republic of Ireland to receive the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine on 5 January 2021, [35] while Dr Eavan Muldoon, an infectious diseases consultant, became the first healthcare worker in the Mater University Hospital to receive the vaccine. [36] On the same day, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that up to 135,000 people would be vaccinated nationwide by the end of February 2021. [37]

January 2021

Following the approval of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by the European Medicines Agency on 6 January 2021, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar announced that the vaccine would allow 10,000 more people in Ireland to be vaccinated per week. [38] [39] [40]

The rollout of the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine in private and voluntary nursing homes began nationwide on 7 January, with 22 nursing homes of 3,000 residents and staff to be vaccinated. [41] [42] [43]

The first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Republic of Ireland on 12 January. [44] [45]

Around 1,800 healthcare workers received the Moderna vaccine at three mass vaccination centres that opened in Dublin, Galway and Portlaoise on 16 January. [18] [46] [47]

February 2021

The first shipment of 21,600 AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country on 6 February. [48] [49] [50]

On 24 February, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced that Ireland had ordered enough vaccines to vaccinate 10.3 million people with 18.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines ordered. [51] [52] [53]

March 2021

On 6 March, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that Ireland had reached the milestone of half a million COVID-19 vaccines administered. [54] [55] [56]

On 10 March, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that Ireland was to receive a further 46,500 doses of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine before the end of March. [57] [58] [59]

On 22 March, it was announced that President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on 19 March. [60]

April 2021

On 8 April, the CEO of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Paul Reid announced that Ireland had reached the milestone of one million COVID-19 vaccines administered. [61] [62] [63]

On 15 April, over 26,000 people registered for a COVID-19 vaccination after the online portal for 69-year-olds went live. [64] [65] [66]

On 25 April, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that Ireland had reached the milestone of one million first doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered. [67] [68] [69]

May 2021

On 9 May, Taoiseach Micheál Martin received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Cork City Hall and urged people to get vaccinated to protect themselves, while a record 52,278 doses were administered on Friday 7 May. [70]

On 17 May, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) confirmed that people in their 40s would be given a choice to accept the Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or opt to wait for another vaccine. [71] [72] [73]

June 2021

On 2 June, NIAC advised that the gap between two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine could be reduced from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. [74] [75]

On 5 June, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Greystones, County Wicklow. [76] [77]

July 2021

On 2 July, following recommendations from NIAC, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced an expansion of the vaccination rollout programme to younger people with 750 pharmacies to begin administering the Janssen vaccine to people in the 18 to 34 age group who opted in for earlier vaccination from 5 July, while vaccination centres would begin administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to the group from 12 July. [78] [79] On 5 July, over 500 pharmacies around the country began administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to people aged 18 to 34 who opted-in to receive it. [80] [81] [82]

On 27 July, after the COVID-19 vaccine registration portal opened to people aged 16 and 17 for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the Government agreed to extend the vaccination programme to those aged 12 to 15 following recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. [83] [84] On the evening of 11 August, the COVID-19 vaccine registration portal opened to people aged 12 to 15 for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. [85] On 12 August, the Chief Executive of the HSE Paul Reid said the vaccination programme was in "the final leg" after more than 50,000 people aged 12 to 15 registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, with 90% of adults partially vaccinated and 80% fully vaccinated. [86]

September 2021

On 1 September, under changes to the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee recommended that pregnant women could be offered an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy and that immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and older could receive a third additional vaccine dose. [87]

On 8 September, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced an update to Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination programme, with residents aged 65 years and older living in long term residential care facilities and people aged 80 years and older living in the community to receive a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. [88] Two days later on 10 September, latest figures showed that 90% of adults in Ireland were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while the seven-millionth dose was administered. [89] This is one of the highest levels of vaccination in the European Union. [90]

Vaccine certificates

A COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in August 2021 HSE COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.jpg
A COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in August 2021

The Health Service Executive (HSE) issues a vaccine record card to those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland that provides reminders for a follow-up appointment. The card contains the recipient's name, the dates on which the two doses were administered, the name of the vaccine, and its batch number. [91] The vaccine record card, along with the EU Digital COVID Certificate, are being used as proofs of vaccination in restaurants and bars to gain access to indoor hospitality, [92] [93] and most recently in nightclubs and indoor live entertainment. [94]

Vaccine rollout and distribution

Phases

Under the Government's National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, the vaccines will be rolled out in three phases: [95] [10] [96]

Plan Stage1. Initial Roll-Out →2. Mass Ramp-Up →3. Open Access
Vaccine availabilityLimited doses availableLarge number of doses availableLarge number of doses available
Vaccination sites usedLong-term care facilities, large scale healthcare sitesMass vaccination centres, GPs and pharmaciesMass vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies

Vaccine priority groups

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy currently includes 9 priority groups for the vaccine rollout in Ireland. [97]

On 23 February, following the publication of the Government's new revised Living with COVID-19 plan called "The Path Ahead", Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced an update to the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy with people aged between 16 and 69 who are at very high risk of developing severe COVID-19 moved up the priority list, after the National Public Health Emergency Team endorsed recommendations by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. [98] [99] [100]

On 30 March, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced an update to the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy with priority groups being changed to an age-based system after vulnerable people with underlying conditions were vaccinated. [101] [102] [103]

Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination programme (January–July 2021) [104]
January–MarchApril–MayMay–July
1.2.3.
  • People aged over 80
  • Frontline healthcare workers
  • People aged over 65 in long-term care facilities
  • People aged 65–79
  • People at high or very high risk
  • Key vaccination workers
  • Other vulnerable groups
  • Everyone aged 18–64
OrderPriority groupProgress
1People aged 65 years and older who are residents of long-term care facilitiesIn progress
2Frontline healthcare workers
3People aged 70 and older
4People aged 16–69 whose medical condition puts them at very high risk of severe disease and death
5People aged 65–69 whose underlying condition puts them at a high risk of severe disease and death
6Other people aged 65–69, other healthcare workers not in direct patient contact, and key workers
7People aged 16–64 whose underlying condition puts them at high risk of severe disease and death
8Residents of long-term care facilities aged 18–64
9People aged 64 years and younger, and people aged 16–64 living or working in crowded settings
55–64 years
45–54 years
35–44 years
25–34 years
16–24 years

"People who have an underlying condition that puts them at high risk of severe disease and death" is defined as: [105]

Organisations involved

A High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination was established on 11 November 2020 to oversee the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in the country once they were approved by the statutory authorities, [106] and to support the Department of Health and Health Service Executive (HSE) to deliver a COVID-19 immunisation programme that meets best practice and provides good governance. [107] The first full meeting of the task force took place on 23 November 2020 and was chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith. [108]

Members of the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination are made up of senior representatives from the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, the Health Products Regulatory Authority, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the Office of Government Procurement, IDA Ireland, the Dublin Airport Authority, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Department of the Taoiseach. [109] [110] [111]

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (an independent body outside of the HSE) provides expert, evidence-based and impartial guidance about the COVID-19 vaccines to the Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health. [112] [113]

Progress to date

Percentage of eligible population (12+) vaccinated with at least one dose as of 5 December 2021:

91.48%

Percentage of eligible population (12+) fully vaccinated as of 5 December 2021:

89.95%

Vaccination status of the Irish population as of 5 December 2021

  Unvaccinated population: ~1,032,430 people (21.07%)
  Partially vaccinated [lower-alpha 1] : 301,179 people (6.14%)
  Fully vaccinated: 3,566,754 people (72.79%)

Total doses administered by vaccine type as of 4 December 2021

   Pfizer–BioNTech (5,522,757) (74.31%)
   Oxford–AstraZeneca (1,191,276) (16.03%)
   Moderna (570,820) (7.68%)
   Janssen J&J (236,521) (3.18%)
Vaccinations figures (Updated weekly) [1]
Date1st dose [lower-alpha 2] 2nd doseTotal vaccinations % of population per dose
31 December 20201,800+ [114] 0.03%
4 January 20214,000 [115] 0.08%
7 January 202115,314 [116] 0.31%
13 January 202177,303 [117] 1.58%
17 January 202194,000 [118] 1.89%
20 January 2021121,900 [119] 2.45%
24 January 2021143,000 [120] 3.0%
27 January 2021147,70013,800161,500 [121] 3.01% (1st) 0.28% (2nd)
31 January 2021150,50049,300199,800 [122] 3.07% (1st) 1.01% (2nd)
3 February 2021152,20067,000219,2003.1% (1st) 1.36% (2nd)
10 February 2021166,86389,818256,6813.4% (1st) 1.83% (2nd)
17 February 2021197,609113,291310,9004.03% (1st) 2.31% (2nd)
24 February 2021254,948136,407391,3555.2% (1st) 2.78% (2nd)
3 March 2021328,598146,047474,6456.7% (1st) 2.98% (2nd)
10 March 2021409,662160,729570,3918.36% (1st) 3.28% (2nd)
17 March 2021468,328171,258639,5869.55% (1st) 3.49% (2nd)
24 March 2021529,984202,694732,67810.81% (1st) 4.13% (2nd)
31 March 2021619,003246,457865,46012.63% (1st) 5.02% (2nd)
7 April 2021716,636301,6281,018,26414.62% (1st) 6.15% (2nd)
14 April 2021789,526331,4771,121,00316.11% (1st) 6.76% (2nd)
21 April 2021904,774371,0541,275,82818.46% (1st) 7.57% (2nd)
28 April 20211,067,378419,6651,487,04321.78% (1st) 8.56% (2nd)
5 May 20211,233,067467,4711,700,53825.16% (1st) 9.54% (2nd)
12 May–28 June 2021Figures unavailable as a result of the Health Service Executive cyberattack
29 June 20212,443,9211,593,5174,109,47449.87% (1st) 32.52% (2nd)
1 July 20212,482,3771,681,7844,236,20650.66% (1st) 34.32% (2nd)
8 July 20212,652,6571,967,1634,619,82054.13% (1st) 40.14% (2nd)
15 July 20212,803,4912,192,2284,995,71957.21% (1st) 44.73% (2nd)
22 July 20213,084,0932,353,2475,437,34062.94% (1st) 48.02% (2nd)
29 July 20213,272,7912,506,3095,779,10066.79% (1st) 51.14% (2nd)
5 August 20213,394,9452,645,0496,039,99469.28% (1st) 53.98% (2nd)
12 August 20213,468,7292,820,0256,288,75470.79% (1st) 57.55% (2nd)
19 August 20213,571,2392,965,0456,536,28472.88% (1st) 60.51% (2nd)
26 August 20213,649,2033,087,0146,736,21774.47% (1st) 63% (2nd)
2 September 20213,698,8493,172,5846,871,43375.48% (1st) 64.74% (2nd)
9 September 20213,726,8133,261,5986,988,41176.05% (1st) 66.56% (2nd)
16 September 20213,745,6603,343,0457,088,70576.44% (1st) 68.22% (2nd)
23 September 20213,759,6083,408,0677,167,67576.72% (1st) 69.55% (2nd)
30 September 20213,771,8083,446,9937,218,80176.97% (1st) 70.34% (2nd)
7 October 20213,780,2363,467,3607,247,59677.14% (1st) 70.76% (2nd)
14 October 20213,786,9423,484,2587,271,20077.28% (1st) 71.10% (2nd)
21 October 20213,797,7283,499,5157,297,24377.5% (1st) 71.41% (2nd)
28 October 20213,809,9153,511,2307,321,14577.75% (1st) 71.65% (2nd)
4 November 20213,821,4863,519,8557,341,34177.98% (1st) 71.83% (2nd)
11 November 20213,831,0123,527,1777,358,18978.18% (1st) 71.98% (2nd)
18 November 20213,841,6073,536,8387,378,44578.4% (1st) 72.18% (2nd)
25 November 20213,852,4153,550,8527,403,26778.62% (1st) 72.46% (2nd)
2 December 20213,863,9483,561,9597,425,90778.85% (1st) 72.69% (2nd)
Uptake by age group [123]
Age groupFull vaccinationAt least one doseNot vaccinated
80+ years
100%
100%
0%
70–79 years
100%
100%
0%
60–69 years
99.6%
100%
0%
50–59 years
97.8%
98.3%
1.7%
25–49 years
85.7%
87.3%
12.7%
18–24 years
81.1%
83.7%
16.3%
<18 years
21.7%
23.5%
76.5%

Vaccination centres

Up to 40 large vaccination centres were put in place across the country to administer COVID-19 vaccines. [124]

Major facilities were put in place in Cork, Dublin, Waterford, Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Athlone, with smaller centres in Mullingar, Longford, Ennis, Nenagh, Bantry and Tralee. [125] [126] [127] Three GP-run vaccination centres were also put in place across the country, with The Helix at Dublin City University the first to be established, vaccinating 5,000 people a day. [128] [129] [130] Cork City Hall, Páirc Uí Chaoimh GAA grounds and Munster Technological University's Bishopstown campus were transformed into mass vaccination centres, administering 10,000 shots a day. [131] [132] [133]

Large venues such as sports stadia, GAA clubs, hotels, conference centres and arenas were used as mass vaccination centres across all counties in Ireland. [134] [135] [136]

Aviva Stadium(Dublin Arena).JPG
Aviva Stadium vaccination centre.
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Waterford IT Arena vaccination centre.
Cork City Hall, February 2018.jpg
Cork City Hall vaccination centre.

Locations

On 15 February, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed locations for 37 vaccination centres across all counties as part of the country's COVID-19 vaccination programme. [137] [138] [139]

On 20 February, nearly 1,000 patients over the age of 85 received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the country's first mass vaccination centre at The Helix in Dublin City University. [140] [141] [142]

On 28 July, it was announced that some of the vaccination centres would allow walk-in vaccinations on certain days and times without an appointment. [143]

Location of vaccination centres in the Republic of Ireland
CentreCounty
Carlow IT Carlow
Kilmore Hotel Cavan
West County Hotel, Ennis Clare
Bantry Primary Care Centre Cork
City Hall, Cork Cork
Páirc Uí Chaoimh Cork
Clonakilty GAA Club Cork
MTU Cork, Bishopstown Cork
Mallow GAA Club Cork
Letterkenny IT Donegal
Aviva Stadium Dublin
Citywest Convention Centre Dublin
Croke Park Dublin
The Helix, DCU (until July 2021) Dublin
National Show Centre, Swords (from July 2021)
Ballybrit Racecourse Galway
MTU Kerry, Tralee Kerry
Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre Kerry
Punchestown Racecourse Kildare
Cillin Hill Conference Centre Kilkenny
Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise Laois
Primary Care Unit, Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim
Radisson Hotel (until July 2021) Limerick
Limerick Racecourse (from July 2021)
Clonguish GAA Club, Newtownforbes Longford
Fairways Hotel, Dundalk Louth
Simonstown Gaels GAA Club, Navan Meath
Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar Mayo
Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan
Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly
Abbey Hotel Roscommon
Sligo IT Sligo
Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh Tipperary
Clonmel Park Hotel Tipperary
Waterford IT Arena Waterford
Athlone IT Arena (until September 2021) Westmeath
Moate Community Centre (from September 2021)
Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar (until September 2021) Westmeath
Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy (until July 2021) Wexford
Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy (from July 2021)
Kilanerin Community Centre, Gorey (from June 2021) Wexford
Arklow Bay Hotel (until June 2021) Wicklow
Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones Wicklow

Issues and controversies

A protest against COVID-19 vaccination in Dublin Antivax protest in Dublin 2.jpg
A protest against COVID-19 vaccination in Dublin

Adverse events

On 14 March, the administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was suspended in Ireland by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) as a precautionary measure following concerns over serious blood clots in Norway. [144] [145] [146] On 19 March, the NIAC recommended that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could continue to be used in Ireland following approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 18 March. [147] [148] [149]

On 8 April, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) began an investigation after the first case of a very rare blood clot in the brain of a person after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine was confirmed in a 40-year-old Dublin woman. [150] [151] [152]

On 12 April, following a lengthy meeting, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommend that only people over 60 years of age should get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and that a second dose of the vaccine should not be given to anyone who developed unusual blood clots with low platelets after the first dose. [153] [154] [155]

Hospitals

On 26 March, the Labour Party leader Alan Kelly called for the chief executive of the Beacon Hospital to resign after it gave 20 leftover COVID-19 vaccines to a number of teachers and staff at a private secondary school in Bray, County Wicklow on 23 March. [156] [157] [158] One day later on 27 March, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly requested the Health Service Executive (HSE) to suspend vaccine operations at the Beacon Hospital following the controversy. [159] [160] [161] On 19 July, four months after the controversy, an independent report found that the decision by the hospital to provide vaccines to 20 teachers at the Bray school was incorrect, but was made in good faith. [162]

On 1 April, an independent review of the COVID-19 vaccination programme at the Coombe Hospital found that a consultant brought two leftover vaccine doses home to administer them to two family members. [163] [164] [165]

Opposition to age-based overhaul of vaccines

On 30 March, a decision by the Government to overhaul the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to an age-based system sparked anger and concern among teachers' unions and key workers. [166] The new change meant that key workers in essential jobs and the education sector who couldn't avoid a high risk of exposure to the virus would lose vaccine prioritisation. [167] Ireland's largest teaching union, the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO), strongly criticised moves to change the vaccination rollout plan stating it was "extremely concerned" by the news, while the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) echoed concerns and called for urgent engagement with the Department of Education. [168] [169] [170] The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) stated it was "shocked and dismayed" by the changes and claimed the decision was "totally at odds" with the objective to keep schools open, while the president of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) described the change as "a sucker punch" to their members, and that the decision "downgraded" the work of Gardaí and disregarded the risks they took while policing the pandemic. [171] [172] [173] On 7 April, the three teacher unions voted for an emergency motion backing industrial action, up to and including strike action, if they were not prioritised for vaccination. [174] [175] [176]

Health Service Executive ransomware attack

On 14 May, the COVID-19 vaccination registration portal was made offline after the Health Service Executive (HSE) shut down all of its IT systems after a major ransomware attack, but was later restored in the evening. [177] [178] [179]

See also

Notes

  1. Partially vaccinated means having received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  2. Includes the single-dose Janssen vaccine

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The general COVID-19 vaccination in Australia program began on 22 February 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue with the goal of vaccinating all willing Australians before 2022. Front-line workers and aged care staff and residents will be the first Australians to be inoculated, before a gradual phased release to less-vulnerable and lower-risk population groups throughout 2021. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved four vaccines for Australian use in 2021: the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine on 25 January, the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine on 16 February, Janssen vaccine on 25 June and the Moderna vaccine on 9 August. Although approved for use, the Janssen vaccine is not included in the Australian vaccination program.

COVID-19 vaccination in Romania started on 27 December 2020. It was announced that the process would be divided into three phases. Medical personnel would be vaccinated first, followed by the population at risk, and finally by the rest of the population. Vaccination was declared free and non-mandatory. As of May 2021, four types of vaccines were authorized to be used in Romania. This is the largest vaccination campaign in the modern history of Romania.

COVID-19 vaccination in South Africa Plan to immunize against COVID-19 in South Africa

COVID-19 vaccination in South Africa is an ongoing immunisation campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

The COVID-19 vaccination in Morocco is an ongoing immunisation campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

COVID-19 vaccination in Angola is an ongoing immunisation campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

COVID-19 vaccination in Botswana is an ongoing immunisation campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

The COVID-19 vaccination program in Colombia is an ongoing effort of mass immunization put in place by the Colombian government in order to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 virus was confirmed to have reached Colombia on 6 March 2020. Colombia's preparation and readiness for a vaccine program allowed it to join the first group of countries who received vaccines through COVAX. The first vaccine in Colombia was given to a nurse on 17 February 2021.

COVID-19 vaccination in Africa Immunisation programme against COVID-19 in Africa

COVID-19 vaccination programs have begun in many countries and territories in Africa. In June 2021, the World Health Organization predicted that 47 of Africa's 54 nations would fall short of the aim of vaccinating 10% of their people by September 2021. In June, Africa accounted for fewer than 1% of worldwide vaccine doses delivered.

COVID-19 vaccination in Ghana

COVID-19 vaccination in Ghana began on Monday 1 March 2021 after the country became the first recipient of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of the COVAX initiative. As of 6 June 2021, Ghana has administered 1,230,000 vaccine doses.

COVID-19 vaccination in Mexico Plan to immunize against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination in Mexico is an ongoing immunization campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Quebec is an ongoing provincial effort to distribute and administer the vaccine against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria Plan to immunize against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria is an ongoing immunization campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country. Vaccination began on 5 March 2021. As of 19 November 2021, 6,021,560 people have received their first dose a COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,369,628 people have received their second dose.

COVID-19 vaccination in Egypt is an ongoing immunisation campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

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