15:17 Saturday, 06 March 2021
Ireland has reached the milestone of administering 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
The Taoiseach has welcomed the news, saying they’re having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.
Meanwhile, the head of the HSE says he is confident next week’s vaccine target of 84,000 doses will be met.
Last week’s aim of 100,000 was missed because of ongoing supply issues with AstraZeneca.
This morning’s figures show there are 101 people with Covid-19 in ICU, which is down from levels seen at the start of January.
There are 414 people in hospital with the virus, which is the lowest figure so far this year.