First walk-in vaccine centres to open this weekend - Taoiseach


Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

09.56 27 Jul 2021


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The first walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centres are due to open this weekend, the Taoiseach says.

Full details are expected to be revealed by the HSE later, while a decision is also set to be announced on vaccinating 12-15-year-olds.

Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting this morning, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said they want to get more young people vaccinated soon.

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He said: "I think it has been a very effective programme so far - but we want to encourage high participation rates now among the remaining age cohorts.

"To that extent, the HSE will be adding walk-in vaccination centres over the bank holiday weekend to facilitate further vaccination among 16, 17, 18 year-olds onwards in particular."

He was speaking after vaccine registration opened to everybody aged 16 and 17.

Around 84% of adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while nearly 70% are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he expects there'll be "good news" later today around weddings.

Ministers are considering proposals around increasing the numbers allowed at ceremonies from 50 to 100.

Main image: Taoiseach Micheál Martin at a mass vaccination centre. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland

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