Everyone aged over 18 will be able to register for an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine from tomorrow.
It means everyone aged 18-24 will soon be able to get a Pfizer or Moderna jab, just days after registration opened to 25-29-year-olds.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the vaccination programme is now "ahead of schedule".
📢 All those 18+ can register for an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer / Moderna) from tomorrow
This is because our vaccination programme is ahead of schedule and continues to perform really well.
Huge thanks to our vaccination teams and volunteers i vaccination centres @HSELive pic.twitter.com/y8R9CIQPc4
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 20, 2021
As of yesterday, people aged 18 to 24 can also 'opt in' to get an AstraZeneca vaccine - meaning they'll be offered that vaccine if it's available ahead of the Pfizer or Moderna ones.
However, health officials currently recommend that everyone aged under 50 get one of the two mRNA vaccines where possible.
People aged 18 to 34 can also get the Janssen vaccine from pharmacies.
Despite the limited supplies of the one-shot jab, pharmacies have administered around 86,000 vaccines to younger people since July 5th.