Dr Ronan Glynn says positive effect of jabs being seen with health worker infections falling

Nine deaths and 522 cases of Covid-19 were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Friday as the Taoiseach said that meeting vaccination targets set for this month would be very challenging.
In a statement on Friday evening, Nphet said four of the deaths reported occurred this month, three in February and one in January with the other under investigation.
A total of 4,405 people with the disease have now died since the pandemic began and 222,169 cases have been confirmed. The nine people whose deaths were reported on Friday ranged in age from 69 to 94 years.
In a video posted on Twitter, deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the really positive effect of vaccinations was being seen with a very obvious and sustained reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases among healthcare workers and deaths in nursing homes.
As vaccinations ramp up in the coming weeks and months, we will have another strong tool that will enable us to move through this part of the pandemic. I know it is not easy but please stick with these measures and together we will get there, he said.
The latest daily vaccination data shows 14,163 doses were administered in the State, bringing the total to 460,637.
Speaking in Galway on Friday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Ireland would not be seeking extra vaccine doses from Germany or the UK as both intend to use their full allocation.
He said it would be very challenging to meet targets to vaccinate 100,000 people a week in March, but that he was confident there would be greater supplies available in the second quarter, when the aim is to vaccinate 250,000 people a week.
A target of administering a total of 200,000 doses between this week and last has been missed by some 25,000, a shortcoming the HSE attributed to deliveries not arriving on time. A further 84,000 jabs are due to be administered next week.
Mr Martin reiterated that any plans to ease restrictions will only be decided in the week before Level 5 curbs are reviewed on April 5th.
After that date construction could be allowed to resume along with outdoor activities and the 5km travel limit may be widened depending on how the situation is with Covid-19.