Around 25 nursing homes are to receive the coronavirus vaccine from Monday and there will be a full roll-out the week after, the Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland has said.
Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Philip Boucher Hayes, Tadhg Daly said they are currently ensuring all the necessary paperwork and documentation has been received from the HSE across nursing homes.
He said it is an ongoing process and said some of their members have not yet received it.
"It is complex but what we are following is the HSE national consent policy and that will be followed rigorously to ensure all those receiving the vaccine confirmed they have consented to it," Mr Daly said.
He said given the high level of discussion around the vaccine they would be hopeful most would see the merits of taking it.
He said their hope is that the two-dose vaccine will be completed across all nursing homes by the end of February.
Meanwhile the Chief Medical Officer has said information on the vaccination uptake will be reported to give people an understanding of the progress being made.
Dr Tony Holohan said that people can be assured that the programme will operate effectively and care has been taken to ensure it is being operated to the highest standards.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he warned against thinking the vaccination will be a cure for the current surge saying the focus must remain on public health guidelines.
The roll-out of vaccines began in Dublin on Tuesday, with a 79-year-old Dublin woman the first person to be administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at St James's Hospital.
Also on Tuesday, Stormont Health Minister Robin Swann said coronavirus vaccinations have now been carried out in 80% of all care homes in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland has started giving the second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, three weeks after the roll-out first began
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Meanwhile, the President of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland has said she does not think the roll-out of the vaccine here could be going more swiftly than it already is, adding that "it is not about speed, it is about doing it properly".
Also speaking on Today with Philip Boucher Hayes, Infectious Disease Consultant Dr Mary Horgan said there is a lot of logistics around the roll-out, and it is currently being done in an "orderly and properly way".
She said despite the vaccine being available, she appealed for people to still adhere to public health guidance such as wearing face coverings, reducing contacts, and maintain social distancing, until we are in a better place.
Dr Horgan welcomed last night's announcement on Level 5 restrictions being imposed, as she said hospitals were getting busier, and they needed to be protected so as to ensure both Covid-19 and non-Covid care continued.
Separately, the head of Nursing Homes Ireland has said that there are going to be more restrictions on visits to nursing homes during the full Level 5 restrictions that come into effect from today.
Under Level 5 a visit every two weeks on critical or compassionate reasons can take place and window visits can continue.
Mr Daly said the fact that there is a high level of community transmission inevitably has an impact on nursing homes.
He said there has been a rise in cases and in outbreaks in public, private and voluntary nursing homes around the country.
He also described the transmissibility of the new variant as a "huge threat" to nursing homes.