The online portal for people to register for a COVID-19 vaccine will open for 30 to 34-year-olds from tomorrow.
The application process will begin with people aged 34 from Wednesday, followed by 33-year-olds on Thursday, and down to 30-year-olds on Sunday.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced this morning that the registration for mRNA vaccines for this group was being brought forward.
It had initially been expected that the HSE's portal would open for this cohort on Friday.
Minister Donnelly added that appointments will follow in a matter of days with the first vaccinations for this group next week.
It was also announced today that the milestone of having 50% of the adult population fully vaccinated against the virus has been reached.
The CEO of the HSE Paul Reid confirmed that 69% of Irish adults have also received at least one dose.
A total of 4.42 million doses have been administered in Ireland to date, with 345,000 given last week.
There are now over 50% of the adult population fully vaccinated, with 69% had their Dose 1. A total of 4.42M vaccines administered to date with 245,000 completed last week. We're working hard to protect as many people as quickly as possible. @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 6, 2021
It comes as a further 365 confirmed COVID cases were reported yesterday.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the Delta variant now accounts for more than 70% of Ireland’s cases.
“While this variant continues to present a threat, those of us who are fully vaccinated can have confidence in their vaccine and should feel comfortable meeting with other fully vaccinated people in all settings,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the Delta variant continues to present a risk to those of us who are unvaccinated or waiting for a second dose of vaccine - we need to continue to follow the public health advice - manage your contacts, avoid crowds, wear a mask, wash your hands and most importantly get your COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.”