Ireland reaches half million vaccinations

LONDON (AP) — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation.

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It included both first and second doses and comes 63 days after the first shot was given to a Dublin senior citizen.

“Good news,” Martin tweeted. “The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.”

Ireland has experienced a spike in infections at the start of the year after getting through the early days of the pandemic.

With a population of 4.8 million, Ireland has reported 222,169 cases and 4,405 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus. It’s one of the 10 European countries where the British variant of the virus is dominant.

Empty vials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at a vaccination site in Paris. PHOTO: AP