Government defends changes to vaccination rollout

The government has defended changes to the vaccine roll-out that have been strongly criticised by sectors which believe they should be given priority.

The new model will see people vaccinated based on age after the over-70s, medically vulnerable and those with underlying conditions have been taken care of.

It means groups like gardaí, teachers and family carers that had been pushing for early vaccination won't get it.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says they're following scientific advice: