Shane Hastings

Dublin, IE

@COVID19DataIE in the media

It's been a little over three months since I started the @COVID19DataIE Twitter account, a bot which automatically posts the latest testing and vaccination data straight from the Government's GeoHive Dashboard.  The original intention of this account was to supplement my other COVID-19 page here, as I figured that turning on alerts for a Twitter feed was a much easier way to go about implementing notification alerts rather than using browser based notifications (which are annoying anyway).


The infamous ‘backlog’ following the Christmas period catipulted the page's following into the fore as for a few short days the only reliable data on the evolving situation was through the laboratory testing figures. Fairly convenient timing setting up an easily sharable alert on a widely used social media platform, eh?


Anyway, to date the account has ~33K followers with a fairly interactive base engaging on most tweets.  Over the period 01/01/2021 to 01/04/2021 the account's tweets have had 23.8 million impressions on Twitter - which is fairly incredible. 


In mid-February I added daily vaccination updates to the feed once the GeoHive dashboard began providing the data on a regular basis. This prompted another wave of followers to the account and more attention from politicians and journalists. 


On this page I will be attempting to keep a record of where the account's tweets are shared, mentioned, embedded or otherwise by news outlets and politicians. Not for any reason in particular, but admittedly is is pretty cool to see something I made get shared in so many places!

April 29thLIVE: HSE says up to 240k doses to be administered next week as Cabinet to finalise roadmap out of lockdown (10:41am)
April 5thIreland hits new daily vaccine high while number of people in hospital with Covid-19 inches up
April 5thIreland administers record number of vaccines for second day in a row
March 29thPositivity rate running at 3% as 7,500 people attend walk-in Covid-19 test centres.

RTÉ News

March 28thDept of Health notified of 13 deaths, 604 new cases
February 23rdAs it happened: Level 5 restrictions here until April 5th
January 6thAs it happened: Cabinet announced tighter restrictions

April 5thIreland administered a record number of Covid-19 vaccines last Friday

Spin Southwest / Spin1038

March 25thIreland To Receive 1million Doses Of Vaccine Before May
March 29thCovid-19: One Additional Death And 539 New Cases
March 30thCovid-19: 14 Additional Deaths And 368 New Cases
March 31stCovid-19: 6 Additional Deaths And 411 New Cases


February 27thCoronavirus UPDATE: 738 new cases of COVID confirmed and 13 additional deaths reports
February 20thCoronavirus UPDATE: A further 26 deaths and 988 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed

Sky News

March 15thCOVID-19: Oxford vaccine chief assures AstraZeneca jab is safe - as more nations suspend use over clotting concerns

Roscommon Herald

April 8th


April 9th

Extra walk-in COVID-19 testing sites to open this weekend


April 10th'Light shining a little brighter' as COVID-19 hospitalisations continue to fall


Due to the nature of Twitter, it's fairly hard to go back and find these so this is far from an exhaustive list. You get the idea, though.

@LeoVaradkarApril 8thSource
April 5thSource
March 30thSource
March 27thSource
February 19thSource
@SimonHarrisTDApril 5thSource
April 4thSource
March 30thSource
March 6thRT - Source
March 2ndRT - Source
February 25thRT - Source
February 23rdRT - Source
@simoncoveneyMarch 30thSource

Posted on Monday, April 5th 2021 by @ShaneHastingsIE