Teenagers aged 16 and 17 can register for a Covid-19 vaccine from today.
People in this age group will be offered mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccines.
Currently over 75% of adults in Ireland (over 2.9 million people) have received one dose of the vaccine while 66.3% are fully vaccinated (over 2.4million).
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn is urging young people to get vaccinated as cases rise in younger age cohorts.
Commenting on Monday, after another 1,345 cases were confirmed, he said: “87% of cases today are in those aged less than 45 years. If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice.”
Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE tweeted last night: “Teenagers have sarcrificed a lot throughout Covid-19 and we should be proud of their response overall. Now, it’s their turn to be protected. 16 & 17 year olds can register online to receive their vaccine. And we’ll be aiming to get these done promptly. They deserve it.”