The University of Limerick hospital group, which covers six hospitals, has confirmed that over 3,500 healthcare workers have been vaccinated since its programme began on 4 January last.

UHL, Ennis and Nenagh hospitals, the maternity hospital, St. John's Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital are all in the group.

There are 148 Covid positive patients being treated at Limerick’s acute hospital today with 16 in critical care.

In a statement, UHL said by close of business on Sunday, a total of 3,539 healthcare workers had received their first dose of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine. 

It also said its staff have also commenced vaccinating residents and staff in nursing homes in line with the prioritisation of groups set out by Government. 

In the first week of the local vaccination programme, UL Hospitals Group took delivery of approximately 2,300 vaccines and last week there were approximately 1,100 vaccines delivered.

"Currently, we are prioritising staff in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, in our emergency care and Covid admission pathways, and on our Covid-positive wards, so we can continue managing our emergency services.

"A small number of staff in these priority areas remain to receive their first dose," the statement added.