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The HSE confirmed that another 343,000 vaccine doses were administered last week.

Jul 5, 2021

OVER 750 pharmacies have begun vaccinating people between the ages of 18 and 34 who signed up to receive a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) jab this morning. 
HSE chief Paul Reid said pharmacies were playing a key role in Irelands ramped-up vaccination programme in administering available Jansen vaccines to 18-34 year-olds who opted in and got an appointment.
Reid also confirmed on Twitter that another 343,000 vaccine doses were administered last week, with over 49% of the population now fully vaccinated. 
Every day, more people are protected, he tweeted. 
It was announced Friday that people aged 18 to 34 could receive the single-shot J&J vaccine through participating pharmacies. 
Some 120,000 J&J jabs are to be administered in the coming weeks 50,000 are already in pharmacies while another 80,000 are due to be distributed. 
If youre aged 18 – 34, you can now get a single-dose Janssen #COVIDVaccine at a participating pharmacy. Or you can wait and register online when your age group is invited. Check this page for more details https://t.co/W3uxhgvTKK#ForUsAllpic.twitter.com/ezNpdx78yq
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) July 5, 2021
After Fridays announcement, several pharmacies reported non-stop phone calls from people requesting an appointment. Boots Ireland temporarily closed down its bookings for Covid vaccines on Friday as all available appointments have been booked. 
Some people who had made an online booking with Boots were later informed by text message that their appointment had been cancelled. 
The HSEs chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry said Saturday that the jabs will be distributed based on the demand from individual pharmacies and geographical areas adding that there may not be enough supply to meet the demand but that other options are available. 
The 18-34 age group can also register to receive an AstraZeneca jab from a vaccination centre from 12 July.
Alternatively, the same age group can wait to receive an mRNA vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna through the HSEs online portal when their age cohort becomes eligible. 
The portal is to open to people aged 30-34 from next Friday 9 July and then younger age cohorts in August. 
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Efforts to ramp up the vaccination programme are ongoing, amid the threat posed by the Delta variant and a recommendation from public health experts that indoor hospitality will not return until a system can be set up allowing only vaccinated customers to enter.
As part of those efforts, Ireland on Friday agreed a deal in principle to purchase one million unwanted vaccines from Romania.
Yesterday, public health officials confirmed a further 562 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. On Saturday 488 new cases were confirmed with 512 on Friday.