Covid-19 registration portal now open for 16-17 year olds
"Now it's their turn to be protected."
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that 16 and 17-years-old can now register for their COVID-19 vaccine.
"Registration for those age 16 and 17 for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment will start tomorrow, Tuesday."
"It's 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," he wrote.
#COVIDVaccine registration is now open for people aged 16 and 17.
Register here: https://t.co/5CbJwmbPUj
#ForUsAll #COVIDVaccines pic.twitter.com/qJEe402Jro
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) July 27, 2021
The Minister revealed that the vaccine programme is actually ahead of schedule at the moment. This gave them the opportunity to open the portal for teens earlier than planned.
Paul Reid acknowledged the sacrifices teenagers made during the pandemic.
"Teenagers have sarcrificed a lot throughout #covid19 & we should be proud of their response overall. Now, it's their turn to be protected. 16 & 17 year olds can register online to receive their vaccine. And we'll be aiming to get these done promptly. They deserve it," he wrote.
People aged 16-17 can register for their vaccines here.
This group will be offered either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at their appointment.
People aged between 18 and 34 can also get the one-shot Janssen vaccine from their local pharmacy, depending on their supply.
Over 5,551,754 vaccines have been administered since the vaccination programme started in spring.
83% of adults have received at least one dose and 68% are now fully vaccinated, according to the HSE.
Health officials have urged the public to get vaccinated as case numbers continue to rise. There are currently 123 people with COVID-19 in hospital and 23 people in ICU.