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People aged 30 to 34 can register for Covid-19 vaccine next week

Second doses for people aged 60-69 are set to be completed in the coming weeks.

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THE ONLINE BOOKING system for Covid-19 vaccines will open towards the end of next week for the 30-34 age cohort, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has confirmed. 

“The progress in our Covid-19 Vaccination programme continues. AstraZeneca second doses for those aged 60-69 to be completed in coming weeks,” Donnelly said on Twitter this afternoon.

“351,000 vaccines administered last week. [The] HSE [is] planning to open registration for those age 30-34 towards the end of next week,” he added. 

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the health service is “very anxious” that any available vaccines are administered as quickly as possible to help protect against the Delta variant.

Reid told reporters the HSE is “highly committed to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, based on whatever supplies we get”.

“We will continue to use all available channels to fully embrace all recommendations from NIAC,” Reid added.

People registering for their vaccine on the HSE website will need: 

  • Their PPS number
  • Their Eircode
  • A mobile phone number
  • An email address

People who don’t have all of these, or who would prefer not to register online, can call HSELive on 1850 241 850 for assistance with the registration process. 

The latest vaccine statistics reveal that more than 4.1 million doses have been administered in Ireland.

As of Tuesday night, close to 2.5 million people in Ireland have received at least one dose (64% of the eligible population) and more than 1.67 million people have two doses (42% of the eligible population), Reid confirmed at a HSE press briefing today. 

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 currently stands at 44, with 14 of the patients in intensive care units.

Reid said the Covid-19 vaccine uptake rate in Ireland is among the highest in Europe. He said the HSE is “on track” to deliver 300,000-330,000 vaccines this week.

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Reid confirmed that the HSE had briefed Donnelly on the HSE’s revised proposed vaccination plan this afternoon.

He said he would allow the Health Minister to brief his government colleagues on the plan before disclosing more details, but he described it as “ambitious”.

He said the national incidence rate of Covid-19 “is still holding strong below 100″ and the median age of people with the virus is 26.

Reid said 83.5% of the cases in the past 14 days were in people below the age of 45.

The Irish Times reports today that government is considering to soon offer under-35s the Janssen vaccine through pharmacies.

With reporting by Órla Ryan

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