People under the age of 30 may get vaccinated earlier in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19 ahead of the wider reopening of society, under proposals currently being examined by the Department of Health.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has asked officials to examine the possibility of revising the order of age cohorts scheduled to receive the vaccine so that younger people in the 18-30 age group would get their shots once those in their 60s are vaccinated.
Some senior officials fear a spike in cases among younger people once society begins to reopen, as under-30s are more likely than other age groups to socialise together in large numbers.
“I’ve asked the department to assess the case for vaccinating younger cohorts earlier, on the basis of reducing overall transmission as quickly as possible,” Donnelly said.
The proposal comes as Government prepares to decide on further reopening after the May bank holiday.