Three million Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered in Ireland

Three million Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered in Ireland

IRELAND has now administered three million coronavirus vaccines as the rollout continues to pick up pace.

Figures released by the Department of Health on Monday show that Ireland passed the landmark figure over the weekend.

"This is an amazing achievement and well done and thanks to all those involved," tweeted Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

It means that more than half of Ireland's adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Taoiseach Michéal Martin confirmed that 55% of adults have now received one dose, and that just over a quarter (26%) of them are now fully vaccinated.

He said the country's vaccination programme was "continuing very effectively and efficiently" and paid tribute to the HSE and the nation's GPs.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, the day pubs and restaurants opened outdoor dining for the first time in more than six months, the Taoiseach stressed the importance of keeping the figures down to allow for further rule relaxations down the line.

"A big day for pubs and restaurants with the reopening of outdoor hospitality and thousands back to work," Martin said.

"That of course illustrates the continuing progress we're making in reopening society, and our economy.

"55% of the population are now vaccinated with at least one dose - our Economic Recovery Plan unveils a pathway for recovery from this pandemic," he tweeted.