• 25 to 29 year olds can register for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine from today.

    The HSE's portal is now open to the cohort, however people in this age group can still register with a pharmacy for a Janssen vaccine.

    Registration can be done online or over the phone, with appointments to be arranged in the coming weeks.

  • The portal to register for a covid-19 vaccine will open to people aged 45 to 49 this week.

    49 year olds can register for an appointment from tomorrow, with those aged 48 to register on Thursday, and so on.

    More than 2.1 million vaccine doses have now been administered in the Republic.

    People can register for their vaccine by going to or calling 1850 24 1850.



  • Ministers are gearing up for the announcement on Thursday of what restrictions will ease over the coming months.

    They're also awaiting a decision on the roll-out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

    A number of big decisions are due to be made this week.

    Over the next 48 hours India is likely to be added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list.

    It's also hoped NIAC will come back with a recommendation today or tomorrow on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after further meetings today.

    Tomorrow the cabinet holds its regular weekly meeting and will be updated on the Covid situation.

    NPHET will meet on Wednesday morning to consider its advice to government on the re-opening of the country in May and beyond.

    Health officials will brief a team of senior Ministers at the cabinet sub-committee that evening.

    Then on Thursday the full cabinet will meet to sign off on the easing of restrictions through May, and a roadmap for what June and July will look like.

    Fianna Fáil Ministers have played down how much detail will be in the plan for later in the summer.

    Most of the plans have been well flagged in advance - including the return of religious services, retail, the full construction sector and personal services like hairdressers.

    There is discussion ongoing about extra outdoor activities that may be allowed next month.

  • The President of the European Commission says that the first Covid 19 vaccine will be authorised within a week, with a view to starting vaccinations immediately.

    Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament that all member states will start vaccinating against the disease at the same time.

  • Roscommon/ Galway deputy Denis Naughten has sought clarity from the Minister for Health on claims that up to one fifth (20%) of staff in long stay homes for older people will not be vaccinated with their colleagues and nursing home residents due to a failure by the HSE to deliver adequate supplies of vaccine.

     “Staff are now being informed that they will have to await for a further delivery of vaccine because not enough was delivered to long stay hospitals to cover all members of staff, the deputy claims . 

     “While the number of vaccines delivered will cover all residents, I’ve been informed by staff that there has been a 20% shortfall in the number of vaccines delivered for the those caring for vulnerable older people”.

    He is now seeking urgent clarification from the Minister for Health as to how this happened and what measures are being taken to address the situation. 

  • Vulnerable and elderly people living in communities need some clarity regarding when they will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    He is calling for the vaccination programme to be expedited, pointing out that the UK, that has left the European Union, has more vaccinations administered to its citizens than the entire EU bloc of countries at present.

    While there is a welcome emphasis of rolling out the vaccine in nursing homes and to frontline hospital staff here, the deputy questions how other elderly or vulnerable people who are living out in the community will be included.

    Home carers going out to the elderly and vulnerable people in our communities also need to be prioritised, he argues.

    But, he told Midwest News today, they seem to have been forgotten about by government and he is now demanding that these groups are given a calendar of when they can reasonably expect to avail of a vaccine.

  • Up to 150,000 fewer people may secure the COVID vaccine by the end of March due to supply issues.

    The Oireachtas Health Committee has heard there's no guarantees in relation to supply after the first quarter of this year.


    Under questioning by TDs this morning officials in charge of the roll-out of the vaccine were keen to stress the only impediment is supply.

    The Head of the vaccine taskforce said they're rolling out doses of the vaccine as soon as they get them.

    But Professor Brian MacCraith said that supply is going to be even more squeezed than thought in the first quarter of this year.

    What that means is that instead of vaccinating 700,000 people in the top three priority groups by the end of March, just 550,000 are likely to be inoculated.

    Professor MacCraith was keen to stress this could change pending talks with AstraZeneca and another delivery from Moderna.

    In more positive news he said the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which is one shot and can be stored in a regular fridge, could be ready to go by early April or late March.




    The government's June vaccine targets are set to be missed by a number of weeks.

    Johnson and Johnson is expected to under-delivery a large amount of its vaccine next month.

    Ireland had been due to get 476,000 of the single shot jab - instead the government has said at best half of that will be delivered and the worst case scenario would see just 60,000 arrive.

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says that's likely to mean a slow down for the vaccine roll out...



  • The government's target of getting 700,000 people vaccinated by March may be missed because of an under-delivery from AstraZeneca.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said they don't know how many doses of the vaccine will be delivered after mid-March.

    That could also lead to a delay in the target of getting every resident vaccinated by September.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the government is in discussions about getting as many vaccine doses as possible.

  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer says nothing about the development of a Covid-19 vaccine suggests shortcuts have been taken.
    It comes as Department of Health research shows 45 percent of people would definitely take the shot, while 28 percent say they would probably take one.
    Dr Ronan Glynn has said trust and transparency is the cornerstone of the Department of Health's approach to ensuring people get the injection when they are eligible.
    The cabinet will discuss the vaccination process tomorrow, after receiving a report from a state taskforce on Friday.
    Dr Eoghan de Barra, a consultant in infectious diseases in Beaumont Hospital, says the department's new research is not of concern.

  • Over three quarters of adults have now received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

    63 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated and over 5.1 million doses have been administered.

    HSE boss Paul Reid says the number of patients in hospital and ICU is "holding well".

  • Pharmacies that are low on stock of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine won't get fresh supplies until the middle of next week.

    The Irish Pharmacy Union says its members have received an overwhelming level of interest from people aged 18 to 34 who want to get the jab.

    However it says many people could be left disappointed as there have been 10 calls for every vaccine that's currently available.

    Darragh O'Loughlin from the IPU says only those that were already distributing the jabs to older people will have supplies from Monday morning.


  • Over 85’s across Mayo can expect to receive their Covid-19 vaccines from today.

    That’s according to retired Ballindine-based GP Dr. Ken Egan, who says the age group should get their first inoculations before the 8th of March.

    The former IMO President says that most practices in the county are relatively large in size and shouldn’t be affected by delays in the rollout.

    The Chairman of the Irish Co Op Association added that people should make a concerted effort to attend practices in person to receive the jab, due to the difficulties in moving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

    Dr Ken Egan told Midwest News that medical practices receiving vaccines on Fridays will have to work through the weekend.


  • A second covid-19 vaccine has shown to be almost 95 per cent effective.
    US company Moderna plans to apply for approval for it's vaccine in the coming weeks.
    Just a week after Pfizer and BioNTech said their vaccine was over 90% effective, Moderna has published an early analysis of it's trial.
    30 thousand participants in the US were given two doses of either the vaccine or a placebo four weeks apart.
    Of the first 95 people to develop covid symptoms, just 5 had been given the vaccine, which means it is 94.5 per cent effective.
    The news will add to the confidence that a vaccine can help end the pandemic.
    It comes at a time when Ireland is experiencing a worrying development.
    The 5 day moving average has began to persistently increase.

  • Some listeners to Midwest News in county Mayo are concerned that their elderly relatives have not as yet secured the Covid 19 vaccine or secured an appointment to receive it. The listeners say they are not aware of any 85 year olds living in their community that have secured the first Covid 19 vaccine, as yet.

    The government has promised that all over 85s living in the community will have received their first Covid 19 vaccine by the end of this week.

    As a consequence, some elderly people and their relatives are growing anxious about that timeline, in light of no appointment, given to date, for its distribution. It would seem reasonable that if a person is to receive the vaccination by the end of this week that they would be contacted about an appointment by today.

    In addition people are being confused by an advertisement running nationally by the HSE over recent days stating that the distribution of the vaccine to over 8os is now ready for rollout.

    This is compounding concerns by over 85s who are still waiting for their appointments.

    Midwest News has sought clarification on the situation from the HSE press office and we are awaiting a response


  • The State plans to have a large fraction of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of next summer.

    It hopes to begin vaccinations as early as next month, and have one million vulnerable people vaccinated over the coming months.

    According to the Sunday Independent, a twin rollout of the jab's likely through GP practices and regional hubs, while a vaccine passport will be used to track it.

    Dr Margaret Harris from the World Health Organisation says the plan to vaccinate a large number of people by the end of the summer is ambitious.

  • The Taoiseach says the take-up of Covid-19 vaccines in Ireland is 'unsurpassed' in the European Union.

    Micheál Martin says almost 100 per cent of over-70s have now been fully vaccinated, and over-40s will be able to register next week.

    The European Medicines Agency yesterday approved the Pfizer jab for 12 to 15-year-olds.

    Immunologist Lara Dungan says it's important to vaccinate adolescents - even though they're at low risk from the virus.