National COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out

Posted on 4 May 2021 Last updated on 7 May 2021

The Wheel is partnering with HSE to ensure that charities and community and voluntary organisations have access to accurate and up to date information about the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.

The vaccine rolled-out is now underway and daily vaccination data is now available to all on the COVID-19 Data Hub and on the COVID-19 Tracker App. (The data is from 48 hours previously to allow for validation.)

The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional priority list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and Department of Health, endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020. People who are most at risk from COVID-19 will be vaccinated first.

Frontline healthcare workers working in the following can now register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • HSE or HSE-funded organisations
  • private hospitals or clinics
  • community-based not-for-profit and private healthcare providers not directly funded by the HSE.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (updated 7 May 2021)

The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide. As of 4th May 1,655,866 vaccines have been administered in Ireland. 

Registration for people aged 50 to 59

If you are aged 60 to 69, you can still register if you haven't already.

The HSE is inviting people aged 59 to register from Tuesday 4 May.

If you are aged:

  • 58 – register on Wednesday 5 May, or any time after
  • 57 – register on Thursday 6 May, or any time after
  • 56 – register on Friday 7 May, or any time after
  • 55 – register on Saturday 8 May, or any time after

People aged 50 to 54 will be invited to register from Sunday 9 May.

Group 3 – aged 70 and over
Vaccination of people aged 70 and over continues by GPs, who are now largely vaccinating the group aged 70 to 74.  Our National Ambulance Service is also providing vaccines to people aged 70 and over who cannot leave home to be vaccinated.

Group 4 – aged 16-69 with very high-risk conditions
Vaccinations, for people aged 16-69 with certain health conditions that put them at very high risk is underway. 104,082 vaccines were administered to people in Group 4 as of Tuesday, 20 April.

If you are aged 60-69 and have a health condition that puts you at very high risk and if you haven’t been given an appointment through your hospital or healthcare team yet, please register here for your vaccine. All people aged 60-69 in Group 4 are being vaccinated through HSE vaccination centres with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are aged under 60 and have a health condition that puts you at very high risk, hospitals and healthcare teams continue to work to identify, contact and vaccinate people in this group and GPs are now starting to offer the vaccine to people in this group, as they complete their patients aged 70 and over. It will take some time for GPs to identify and invite everyone. You don’t need to take any action, health services and GPs will contact their patients when it’s their turn to be vaccinated.

Group 5 and 6 - People aged 65-69, including those with high-risk conditions

We would like to remind everyone aged 60-69 to register for their COVID-19 vaccine through the HSE’s online registration system or on the phone with HSELive.

Everyone in this age group should including:

  • frontline healthcare workers who haven’t been given an appointment through their workplace
  • people aged 60-69 who have a health condition that puts them at very high risk (vaccine allocation Group 4) and who haven’t been given an appointment through their hospital or healthcare team

About 145,000 people aged 65-59 have already registered so far.

The most up to date information about the vaccination programme can be accessed at:

Multi-lingual support: the HSE has launched 36 multi-lingual video messages on the Covid19 vaccine in Ireland. The video messages were developed by Translate Ireland with the support of the National Social Inclusion Office and National Immunisation Office. The videos are now available to view here. Simply select the required language on that page, e.g. Albanian, and you will be able to watch the new video in Albanian and also access other HSE COVID-19 resources in that language. 

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