Nursing homes, healthcare workers and over 75's will be the first to access COVID-19 vaccines here, under plans going to cabinet today.
Northern Ireland will roll out COVID vaccines from today but people in the Republic will likely be waiting until January.
Cabinet Ministers will approve recommendations from NPHET about who will get first access to whatever vaccines are approved for use in the EU.
The precise detail of how it will be managed will be given by the vaccination roll-out taskforce which is due to report on Friday.
While the European Medicines Agency has until December 29th to decide whether to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use here, a significant communications strategy is being prepared by the government to answer questions and concerns from the public.