While 50, doses have been delivered to Northern Ireland, a further 23, vaccines are expected on 19 January while another 68, are due on 24 January.
Northern Ireland is in the second week of a six-week lockdown in which non-essential retail is closed. There are approximately 82, people over 80 in NI. Dr Stout said much planning had gone into ensuring the programme happened as smoothly as possible.
According fpr the latest NI statistics, for the first time the percentage positive cases in the over 80s is down - an indication the vaccination process is working. GPs are appealing to the public to remain calm and wait to be called for their vaccine either by telephone or by letter.
The latest figures from the Department of Health bring the total of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland to 1, while 78, people have tested positive for the virus in NI since the pandemic lpoking. More than 11, cases have been reported in the past seven days, more than double the week before. Dr Stout said as demand grows worldwide for the vaccine, that schedule could easily change.