The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine have arrived in Northern Ireland.
Nearly 25,000 doses arrived in Belfast on Friday – it is hoped it will be the first of several deliveries this month.
Health Minister Robin Swann said confirmation of which groups will get the vaccine first is due next week.
There will be dummy runs at various locations, and the first administration of the vaccine could happen early next week, BBC News NI understands.
Mr Swann said there was “a long journey ahead of us but we can be optimistic”.
He added: “Vaccinators will be the first to receive the vaccine, followed swiftly by priority groups.
“We are being guided on prioritisation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
“It has identified care home residents and staff and health and social care workers as priority groups.”
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