Covid-19 vaccine taskforce meet later as country enters the final day of Level 5 restrictions

The Covid-19 vaccine taskforce meet later as the country enters the final day of Level 5 restrictions.

Locally, there were fewer than five new cases of the virus reported in Cavan and Monaghan yesterday.

299 new cases were announced nationwide – as well as two additional deaths.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said he expects jabs to be rolled out here in the New Year, with healthcare workers and those with vulnerable conditions expected to be treated first.

It comes amid increased calls for pop-up testing to deal with localised outbreaks of the virus.

Professor Sam McConkey from the RCSI says once restaurants open again, the settings could allow the disease to spread: