A quarter of a million children could be vaccinated by the time school is back says Micheál Martin 1 month ago

A quarter of a million children could be vaccinated by the time school is back says Micheál Martin

Work is underway to open the vaccine portal for 12 to 15-year-olds in Ireland.

And feeling optimistic about the roll-out of the vaccine programme for children, Micheál Martin has stated that a quarter of a million children could be vaccinated by the time the school year starts again.

Speaking at the Swords vaccination centre in Dublin Thursday evening, Martin said the HSE would be operationalising its system for vaccinating children “very quickly.”

“They will have to do some technology changes in terms of facilitating informed consent for parents online and that will occur and as you know there are two mRNA vaccines approved for that age cohort,” the Taoiseach said.

“That could see up to 250,000 people between 12 and 15 vaccinated before the new school term starts.”

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Mr Martin also took the opportunity to downplay hopes that restrictions could be eased faster than planned. He warned that there would be no review until the end of August – noting that he prefers a “steady as she goes” approach.

“That would be my view yeah,” he stated.

“If things get an uplift, you know, we will monitor that, but yeah, I think it is steady as she goes – more or less what we said we would do, we have done

Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said Ireland might be able to do away with more restrictions in a matter of weeks because of the success with out national vaccine program.