By Dominic McGrath, PA
All vaccination centres will be closed on Monday, as the HSE carries out updates to its Covid-19 information system.
It came as HSE chief executive Paul Reid said thousands of people are continuing to come forward for a coronavirus jab.
In a statement on Monday, the HSE said the “essential” update to the Covax system will “provide increased capability to support our vaccination booster programme”.
We are conducting planned, essential updates to our vaccination & computing software today. Our #COVIDVaccine centres are closed, and you will not be able to register for your vaccine as we carry out these updates. Services will resume fully tomorrow. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/L58z6eCgSO
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) November 1, 2021
People will not be able to register for a vaccination online or by phone on Monday, but GP and pharmacy vaccinations are unaffected by the update.
Mr Reid said on Twitter that, over the past six days, almost 15,000 people have come forward for vaccination.
“It is never too late,” he said.
Positively, we continue to see a steady number of people come forward for vaccination. Over the past 6 days almost 15,000 people have come to a Vaccination Centre via an appointment or walk in. Almost 7,000 via walk in. Avg 1,800 registering per day. Its never too late. @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) November 1, 2021
Meanwhile, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) is meeting on Monday to discuss the issue of booster jabs for healthcare workers following repeated calls for them to be included in the programme.
The Government has said it will follow the advice of the Niac.
On Monday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the Government has made a major investment in the health service to protect hospitals.
“We’ve already put in place a significant amount of investment to help our health service cope at a time of challenge,” he told RTÉ radio.
“We do acknowledge that challenge is growing, and that is why we’re making, I believe, sensible decisions and the right decisions in how we can manage Covid and how we can allow our economy to also safely stay open.”