Cabinet meet to discuss vaccination programe

Cabinet Ministers will discuss the latest setbacks for the vaccination programme when they meet this morning.


The Taoiseach is to be briefed by the HSE and the vaccines taskforce as work continues on redrawing the roll-out plan.



Re-drawn plans to take account of the problems with the availability of the AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines could be ready as early as today.


But senior figures in the Department of Health were not expecting them to be finalised by the time the cabinet meets at 10am.


Taoiseach Micheál Martin will be briefed by the HSE and the head of the vaccine taskforce Brian MacCraith, following on from discussions they had with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last night.


There’s an anxiousness among some cabinet Ministers over what the pause in Johnson and Johnson delivery will mean if it becomes a long term issue, though as just 41,000 doses were due to arrive this month there’s hopes the time could be made up.


Meanwhile the Department of Health has confirmed that there have been 18 further deaths from Covid-19.


358 new cases of the virus have also been announced in the latest set of figures.


Sligo reported no new cases of the virus.  There were less than 5 in Leitrim and 39 in Donegal which was the second highest number of daily cases for all counties.



749,450 people have received their first dose

314,216 people have received their second dose