7.6 C
Ireland
Monday, May 17, 2021

Under-30s may get Covid-19 vaccine priority under new plan being considered

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.

POPULAR

COVID-19: 360 new confirmed cases in Ireland

Health officials have confirmed that 360 more cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Ireland. The figures did not...

Cyber attack on HSE will cost tens of millions to resolve – CEO Paul Reid

It will cost the State “tens of millions” of euro to resolve the network system impacted by last week’s cyber attack on...

August at the earliest for non-essential international travel – Varadkar

It will be “August at the earliest” before non-essential international travel can take place again, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

POLL: Should Ireland develop a stronger economic relationship with China?

Over the past several decades China's economy has grown exceptionally, making the nation one of the strongest economically in the world.
Ireland
clear sky
7.6 ° C
7.8 °
7.2 °
84 %
2.8kmh
7 %
Tue
13 °
Wed
13 °
Thu
15 °
Fri
10 °
Sat
9 °