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Covid-19 vaccine portal will open for people aged 16 and 17 tomorrow

The health minister announced the news today.

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COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION will begin tomorrow for people aged 16 and 17, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced.

“It is important that we continue to get as many of our population vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available and following the safety advice of our experts,” Donnelly said in a tweet this evening.

A poster attached to the tweet noted that the 16 and 17 year olds would be applying for (Pfizer or Moderna) mRNA vaccines.

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. 

Last week the portal was opened up to every adult aged 18 or over.

People in the 18-24 age cohort can also register to receive an AstraZeneca vaccine on an opt-in basis.

Those aged between 18-34 can also choose to get the single-shot Janssen vaccine at a participating pharmacy, subject to supply.

The vaccine rollout is likely to be expanded to include children aged 12-15 in the coming weeks, if the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) gives approval.

In the UK, children over 12 are set to be offered a Covid vaccine only if they have underlying conditions and are vulnerable, or live with someone at high risk from the virus.

Niac may recommend that a similar approach is taken in Ireland, or may advise that all children over the age of 12 be offered vaccines.

Discussing vaccines for people aged 16 and 17, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said last week that there was “an issue around parental consent, but we should be able to sort that out.”

Varadkar added that it’s “a bit more complicated” for those aged 12 to 15 inclusive.

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The latest vaccine statistics show that more than 5.5 million doses have been administered in Ireland.

As of last night, over 2.9 million people have received at least one dose and over 2.4 million people have two doses. A total of 187,000 have also received the single-shot Janssen vaccine.

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 currently stands at 141, with 25 of the patients in intensive care units. Health officials announced 1,345 new cases of the coronavirus disease today.

Deputy Chief Medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn urged people to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity to do so.

“87% of cases today are in those aged less than 45 years. If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice,” he said.

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