People aged 16 and 17-years-old will be able to register for a COVID vaccine from tomorrow.
Announcing the move this evening, the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said it is “important that we continue to get as many of our population vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available and following the safety advice of our experts.”
Registration for those age 16 and 17 for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment will start tomorrow, Tuesday.
It's important that we continue to get as many of our population vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available and following the safety advice of our experts. pic.twitter.com/obZmHN0MD1
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 26, 2021
It comes after the Taoiseach insisted that schools would reopen as planned at the end of next month.
Micheál Martin said the Government was fully committed to reopening and noted that the vaccine rollout “helps enormously on that front.”
He appealed to everyone who can get vaccinated to "please take up the opportunity”.
“That will help us defeat this,” he said.
This evening, 1,345 new cases were announced.
As of last night, there were 141 COVID patients in hospital and 25 in intensive care.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that 87% of the current cases are in people aged 45 or younger.
“If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice,” he said.
“Vaccines against Covid-19 are safe and effective. Please get vaccinated as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.”