The Government hopes it can start the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine before the New Year.
It depends on the approval of the European Medicines Agency.
Adults over 65 who are residents at care facilities will be the first to receive the jab.
Frontline healthcare workers will be next and the over 70s.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan’s appealing to people to keep their guard up over Christmas.
Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has said the state is preparing a compensation scheme around the vaccine.
The state has to indemnify the companies that provide the vaccines in order to get access.
Micheál Martin has said they don’t know what the scale of any possible compensation scheme might be as a result of indemnification: