Ireland President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
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Ireland President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The President and his wife were apparently "grateful" to receive their first jab, as Ireland's vaccination roll-out begins to gain traction once more.

The news was revealed via President Higgins' social media account on Monday afternoon.

In a statement, his account posted: "Agus a tseal tagtha, bhí an tUachtarán Ó hUigínn agus a bhean chéile Saidhbhín buíoch a gcéad vacsaíniú in aghaidh #COVID19 a fháil óna nDochtúir Ginearálta ar Dé hAoine."

Which in English translates to:

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"With his arrival, President Higgins and his wife Sabina were grateful to receive their first vaccination against Covid-19 from their GP on Friday."

As of Sunday, just over 181,000 people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ireland, while 487,000 have received at least one dose of the jab.

Just 3.6% of the country is currently fully vaccinated against the virus, while just under 10% have received at least the first dose.

Ireland's vaccination rollout took a hit earlier this month after administration of the AstraZeneca was halted due to concerns over its safety.

The country resumed use of the vaccine on Saturday  after researched showed the jab was perfectly safe.

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Health officials estimate that around 30,000 people missed out on getting vaccinated in Ireland as a result of the brief suspension, but they are hopeful that those people will be covered over the next seven to ten days.