Over 15,000 people in Ireland vaccinated against Covid-19 so far

Over 15,000 people across the country have been vaccinated against Covid 19 so far.

The HSE says its target is to administer 35,000 doses by the end of this week.

Its CEO Paul Reid says an agreement to use private hospitals is being finalised and that he expects all of them to sign up urgently.

However he described the current situation with Covid 19 as quite bleak: