Cabinet Ministers are considering a significant overhaul of the vaccination programme.

Once over-70s, people with underlying conditions and vulnerable people are vaccinated the system will change to one based on age.

It means individual groups like gardaí, teachers and family carers won't be bumped up the queue for vaccines.

It's hoped the changes will lead to a simplified system for delivering vaccinations.

The age-based system is expected to come into effect after Group 8 are vaccinated - which is residents of long-term care facilities aged 18-64.

The new system would see people vaccinated in ten-year age groups.