Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.38 3 May 2021


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People aged 59 will be able to register for a COVID-19 vaccine from tomorrow, Tuesday May 4th.

Registration will then open for other people in the 50-59 age group over subsequent days, as the vaccine programme continues to gather pace.

People aged over 60 are also being reminded they can still register for a jab if they haven't done so already.

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid told Newstalk there's now "strong momentum" behind the vaccination campaign.

He said: “We’re in a phase of really strong momentum at the moment. We’re coming off a strong week last week, with over 200,000 vaccines administered.

“It was a very strong April with over 780,000 vaccines administered.”

The HSE is continuing to finalise its revised vaccine rollout plan, in the wake of recent advice from NIAC about the use of Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Over the weekend, Fine Gael suggested the vaccination of people aged 35-49 will likely get underway in June.

A similar social media post from the Department of Health has since been deleted.

Mr Reid said details around a timeline are still being finalised.

He said: “In reality, we need to finalise this plan this week… that will then set out with greater clarity how we progress through each of the age groups.

“This week we’ll open the online portal registration system for those aged 59 from tomorrow, and then we’ll continue down through the ages.”

Main image: File photo of Paul Reid. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

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