A major extension of Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme has been announced today.
It will see the start of a drive to inoculate carers against the disease, with both GPs and regional centres administering the jabs.
GPs will also be providing the vaccine to more people with underlying health conditions.
In addition, anyone over 70 who has not yet had their first dose from their GP will have the option to book a vaccination appointment at one of seven regional centres.
GPs will also be making vaccinations available to more medically vulnerable people and their carers. This will include people aged 18 plus who have underlying medical conditions.
In parallel, carers aged 60 to 64 will also have the option of booking a vaccination at a regional centre.
Those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Credit and those registered as care home care partners or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, can all apply.
Regional vaccination centres in Northern Ireland will also continue to take vaccination bookings for those aged 65 to 69 and for those who have received a shielding letter because they are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to the virus.
Northern Ireland has administered 447,685 coronavirus vaccines so far, of which 418,209 were first doses and 29,476 were second doses.
Stormont’s Department of Health also revealed today that six more people have died with Covid-19, bringing the death total there to 2,015.
A further 297 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, with the cumulative number of infections now at 109, 785.
A total of 434 people are in hospital with the disease, with 53 of these in intensive care.
The average seven-day infection rate per 100,000 for Northern Ireland is 108.8.
Council area with highest rate is Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon on 203.1, while the lowest remains Fermanagh & Omagh on 44.5.