By Q Radio News
No further coronavirus related deaths have been recorded in NI in the past 24 hours.
It means the Department of Health's death toll remains at 2,135.
79 people have tested positive for the virus in the past day - out of 2,305 individuals tested.
69 people are being treated in hospital for covid - 8 of whom are in ICU.
COVID-19 UPDATE:— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) April 19, 2021
📍No further coronavirus related deaths have been recorded in NI in the past 24 hours.
📍79 people have tested positive for the virus in the past day.
📍69 people are being treated in hospital for covid - 8 of whom are in ICU. pic.twitter.com/ctPRdwlA0G
It's been announced today that the vaccination programme in Northern Ireland has some limited availability for those aged 35-39 to book their covid-19 vaccine.
This opportunity comes in advance of the opening of the programme to the entire 35-39 age group by the end of April.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: "I encourage those who are eligible to seize this opportunity and take up the offer of vaccination. Getting the vaccine not only protects you but also those close to you. I would also strongly encourage anyone aged 40 years or over who hasn’t booked themselves a vaccination appointment yet to do so as soon as possible.”
Appointments at this stage are limited and the Department is asking for patience. If you cannot get an appointment immediately keep trying. Appointments will be more widely available by the end of April.
If possible, booking should be done online at: https://covid-19.hscni.
However, where online booking is not possible, the telephone booking number is 0300 200 7813.
Great news for those aged 35-39.— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) April 19, 2021
Appointments are mainly at SSE Arena and booking opens at 2pm today. https://t.co/31FpV8ym7J