Northern Ireland rolls out vaccine to the over 45s

Wednesday, March 31

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann receiving his jab  (Photo: NI Dept. of Health)



People aged 45-49 became eligible to receive a vaccine in Northern Ireland today.

The jab can be ordered online, by phone or they can also wait for their GP to contact them directly.

Northern Ireland's new mass vaccination centre opened at the SSE Arena this week and almost 350 community pharmacies have also joined the vaccination programme.

As of Wednesday, 749,112 individuals in Northern Ireland had received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 138,486 have received two.

The total number of vaccines administered is 887,598.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has said he was "delighted" after receiving his first jab.

Mr Swann received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at a community pharmacy in Ballymena.

Mr Swann said "it was important that we get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible".

"I would just like to thank our community pharmacy colleagues for stepping up and joining the other vaccination teams in the regional vaccination centres and our GP practices because this is very much a joint effort as to how we come out of the current restrictions that we're in," he said.