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Covid-19 jabs to go ahead in Ireland despite cyber attack Covid-19 jabs to go ahead in Ireland despite cyber attack
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The Health Service Executive (HSE), which runs Ireland's healthcare system, was targeted in the attackThe Health Service Executive (HSE), which runs Ireland's healthcare system, was targeted in the attack
Ireland's Covid-19 vaccination programme will continue as planned despite a cyber attack described as the most significant in the state's history. Ireland's Covid-19 vaccine programme will continue as planned despite a cyber attack described as the most significant in the state's history.
The vaccine booking portal has reopened after the health service was forced to temporarily shut down its IT system on Friday.The vaccine booking portal has reopened after the health service was forced to temporarily shut down its IT system on Friday.
However, officials said the attack has caused "substantial cancellations across outpatient services".
It is expected to be a few days before the system is fully restored.It is expected to be a few days before the system is fully restored.
About a quarter of a million doses will be given next week, RTÉ has reported. About a quarter of a million vaccine doses will still be given next week, RTÉ has reported.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it will go ahead with between 250,000 and 270,000 vaccinations.The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it will go ahead with between 250,000 and 270,000 vaccinations.
It also said most appointments would also go ahead as planned, but X-ray appointments were "severely affected". 'Impact will vary'
Attack 'not espionage' The HSE said there was a "widespread cancellation of radiology services" and x-ray appointments were affected.
Most healthcare appointments can go ahead as planned, it added.
Ireland's health minister, Stephen Donnelly, said the impact across the country "will vary" due to the data kept by hospitals, but warned there would be "cancellations in the coming days".
The HSE and our cybersecurity team continue to work through the IT systems over the weekend. Impacts across the country will vary as some hospitals have data on patients locally. However there will be cancellations in the coming days. Patients will be contacted. https://t.co/BxrfhiQEBD
An Irish minister said the incident was "possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish state".An Irish minister said the incident was "possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish state".
Ossian Smyth, an Irish minister with special responsibility for public procurement and eGovernment, said it "goes right to the core of the [health] system".Ossian Smyth, an Irish minister with special responsibility for public procurement and eGovernment, said it "goes right to the core of the [health] system".
However, he told RTÉ it was "not espionage".However, he told RTÉ it was "not espionage".
The authorities are continuing to assess the impact of the attack, which is believed to have been carried out by an international group of hackers.The authorities are continuing to assess the impact of the attack, which is believed to have been carried out by an international group of hackers.
The attack disrupted services at several Irish hospitals.The attack disrupted services at several Irish hospitals.
It resulted in a near complete shutdown of the HSE's national and local network, forcing the cancellation of many outpatient clinics and healthcare services.It resulted in a near complete shutdown of the HSE's national and local network, forcing the cancellation of many outpatient clinics and healthcare services.
Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin said that he had consulted with cyber security experts and that the state would not be paying a ransom.Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin said that he had consulted with cyber security experts and that the state would not be paying a ransom.
He said it would "take some days" to assess its impact.He said it would "take some days" to assess its impact.
"What's important is people cooperate with the HSE," he said."What's important is people cooperate with the HSE," he said.