The number of Covid-19 vaccines administered in Northern Ireland has passed the one million mark.

The total number of doses is 1,003,165. That is equivalent to more than 2.6 million in the Republic.

Of those, 813,468 were first jabs and 189,687 people have also had their second dose.

Northern Ireland's health minister has expressed gratitude to everyone involved in the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

"Vaccination is saving many lives in Northern Ireland. It is also protecting a great many others from serious illness and reducing pressures on our health and social care services," Robin Swann said in a statement.

Robin Swann

"Let us not forget how serious the situation was at the turn of the year, with the vaccination programme in its infancy and Covid infection levels rising alarmingly.

"Hitting the one million mark is undoubtedly another landmark to welcome, and more than 800,000 people have received a first dose.

"However, we still have work to do. I would strongly urge anyone who is eligible for a vaccine to get their jab at the earliest opportunity."

Meanwhile, a further three coronavirus-deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland, taking the official Department of Health toll to 2,128.

A further 146 new cases have also been confirmed.

There are 86 confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital, the lowest figure for more than seven months. Ten of the patients are in ICU, with seven on ventilators.

The average seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 for Northern Ireland is 32.9.

The council area with the highest rate remains Derry and Strabane on 68.4, with the lowest in Mid and East Antrim on 15.2.