The HSE expects to vaccinate all vulnerable groups and frontline health workers against by “early summer”, paving the way for a return to normality across Irish society, government sources indicated yesterday.

As taoiseach and Stephen Donnelly, the health minister, prepare to brief cabinet on Tuesday on the report of a high-level taskforce on vaccination, sources said “a slow and steady rollout” of at least three vaccines “across the springtime” is expected to slow the spread of virus long before the national vaccination campaign has concluded.

Case numbers have remained steady in recent days, with 248 new infections reported yesterday and three further deaths.

Vulnerable and HSE staff to get Covid jabs 'by summer'

The first consignment of nine ultra-low temperature freezers, ready for the arrival of vaccines

BARRY CRONIN

The taskforce, chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith, a former president of Dublin City University, does not specify a

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