Government defend changes to vaccine roll-out

The Department of Health has announced 14 more Covid-19 related deaths.  368 new cases of the virus have also been detected.


The latest set of figures once again show a relatively low number of new cases in the North West.  There were no new cases recorded in Sligo, less than 5 in Leitrim and 13 in Donegal.


The government has defended changes to the vaccine roll-out that have been strongly criticised by sectors which believe they should be given priority.


The new model will see people vaccinated based on age after the over-70s, medically vulnerable and those with underlying conditions have been taken care of.


It means groups like gardaí, teachers and family carers that had been pushing for early vaccination won’t get it.


Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says they’re following scientific advice: