101 further Covid-19 related deaths and 879 additional cases have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland today.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that the first deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to arrive in Ireland next week.
Three deliveries are scheduled before the end of the first quarter of the year he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland with 35,000 doses arriving next week.
The focus in the vaccination programme this week will be getting the second dose to frontline workers and care home residents, then the programme will move to give the first doses to the second group of frontline workers, he said.
When asked when that would happen, the Minister said “very soon”, adding the roll out of the AstraZeneca vaccine via GPs to the over 85 cohort will commence “very shortly”.
When asked about the timeline of the vaccine rollout and the possibility of major sporting and cultural events happening later in the year, Mr Donnelly said that he hoped such events could happen.