Registration for COVID-19 vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds will open next week.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says it's expected it will start next Thursday, August 12th.
Minister Donnelly is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources, such as the HSE website.
Parents will need to give their consent for teenagers in the age group to receive a vaccine.
📢 The registration for a COVID-19 vaccine for children and young people, age 12-15 will open next week.
I'm encouraging parents and these young people to seek information from reliable sources such as the HSE website https://t.co/IIIa5S5lXO#ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/CPLcevJvQ6
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 5, 2021
Children in the age group will receive either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
The latest figures released today show nearly 81% of people aged over 16 have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 72.5% fully vaccinated.
Uptake is high among all age groups so far, including nearly 64% for those aged 16-17 - despite registration having opened less than two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, health officials say the sixth millionth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is set to be administered in Ireland today.
Earlier, Professor Luke O'Neill said Ireland shouldn't be looking to vaccinate under-12s for now, as the focus should be on getting vaccines to developing countries to stop new variants of the virus.