CMO urges parents to seek Covid vaccine advice from "trusted" medical professionals
The Covid-19 vaccine is our "most important layer of protection"
Dr. Tony Holohan has urged parents to get their Covid-19 information from trusted sources.
The CMO said parents should sit down with their children and discuss the vaccination.
He understands that this is a personal decision. Dr. Holohan stressed that "getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child".
"Our most important layer of protection throughout this pandemic continues to be the Covid-19 vaccine.
"The vaccine programme is now open to all children between 5-11 years of age."
"We know that the benefits of vaccinating children far outweigh the risks," he added.
Most children who test positive for Covid-19 will experience a mild form of the virus. However, there will be some children who become severely ill.
Vaccination is the best way to avoid this.
"The Covid-19 vaccines are doing an excellent job of preventing severe illness and disease in those who are fully vaccinated.
"Getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child.
He urged parents to avoid fake news and misinformation online. It is best to reach out to your GP, a local pharmacist, and the HSE.
"I would encourage all parents and guardians to discuss this update to our vaccination programme with your child. Ensure that they are aware that vaccination is available to them.
"I would also encourage you to engage with the trusted health advice available on the HSE website.
You can also reach out to your own family clinician if you are concerned about the vaccine.
His comments come after Ireland reached an astonishing 1 million Covid cases.
“Remember that behind each hospital statistic and ICU figure is an individual," Dr. Holohan stressed.