The inoculation programme has continued and about 70,000 doses have now been administered. Overall, 21,800 of these have received a second dose, mainly elderly residents in homes for the elderly.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Chris Fearne, said there is evidence the inoculation is having positive effects and in the coming days some restrictions in homes for the elderly will be removed.
He said that in the homes for the elderly over 90% of the residents have received their second dose and ten days have lapsed for the vaccine to attain maximum immunity and therefore ”shielding” restrictions will be removed. This will mean that visits by relatives will be permitted once more as well as enabling the residents to mix with each other as a result of the positive success of this age group.
Bars to remain closed during March, restaurants may remain open until midnight