There are to be 37 Covid-19 vaccination centres around the country, with at least one in each county, according to new details published by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

He said that most of the centres are being constructed, some have already been completed and all are expected to be open before they are needed.

The centres are based on population density and will have different opening times.

At a briefing on the programme, Mr Donnelly said there will be five vaccination centres in Cork, four in Dublin and two each in Kerry, Tipperary, Westmeath, and Wicklow.

To date, 6,000 vaccinators have been trained.

At this point 1.8% of the population have been fully vaccinated and the minister said Ireland was still in the early stage of the roll-out.

He said today was the start of vaccination moving to the general population with those aged over 85.

Mr Donnelly said that once vaccine supplies increase, it will be possible to do 250,000 vaccinations a week.

While currently vaccines are being administered in healthcare settings and by GPs, many people will be offered their vaccination in one of the 37 centres, having self-registered online.

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Minister Donnelly is due to brief the coalition leaders today on the Government's Covid-19 vaccination plan.

The briefing comes ahead of this evening's pre-Cabinet meeting between the Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Climate Action Minister Eamon Ryan.

List of Covid-19 vaccination sites

Carlow: The Seven Oaks Hotel
Cavan: Kilmore Hotel, Dublin Rd
Clare: West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis.

Cork: Páirc Uí Chaoimh
City Hall Cork
MTU Campus Melbourne Building
Bantry PCC
Mallow GAA Club

Donegal: Letterkenny Institute of Technology 

Dublin: Aviva Stadium 
Citywest Convention Centre 
Helix Theatre DCU
TU Dublin Campus

Galway: Galway Racecourse

Kerry: Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre 
Kerry Sports Academy 

Kildare: Punchestown Racecourse
Kilkenny: Cillin Hill Conference Centre
Laois: Midlands Park Hotel
Leitrim: Primary Care Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon 
Limerick: Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road
Longford*: Longford Slashers GAA
Louth: Fairways Hotel, Haggardstown, Dundalk
Mayo: Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar
Meath: Simmonstown GAA Club Navan
Monaghan: Hillgrove Hotel
Offaly*: Faithful Field GAA Centre, Kilcormac
Roscommon: Abbey Hotel, Galway Roa
Sligo: Sligo IT Sports Arena

Tipperary: Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh 
The Clonmel Park Hotel

Waterford: WIT Arena 

Westmeath: International Arena AIT, Athlone 
Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar 

Wexford: Riverside Hotel Enniscorthy

Wicklow: Arklow Bay Hotel & Conference Centre
Charlesland Golf Club, Greystones

(*Contracts at these venues are to be finalised)

Call for use of larger locations in Covid-19 vaccinations

It comes as a GP in Dublin called for vaccinations to be administered in spaces such as halls, which are larger than doctor surgeries.

Dr Stephen Murphy said his practice has 186 patients aged over 85 and when this is extended to the over 70s, he has more than 2,500 patients, which presents them with a logistical problem given issues around social distancing and the 15-minute wait time needed after a vaccination is delivered.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, he said that GP surgeries should be able to use larger venues, such a church halls, which could reduce the time needed to vaccinate large numbers of patients.

Dr Murphy asked patients not to contact surgeries but said they will be contacted by their doctor's office.

New figures show that 175,238 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered by the Health Service Executive up to last Friday.

There were also 89,999 second doses given.

It gives a total of 265,237 doses.

There were 10,321 AstraZeneca doses administered last week.