Before the schools return in September, vaccinations for children over the age of 12 and over could be rolled out as early as next month.
A decision is expected to be made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) in regards to offering the vaccine to those over the age of 12 as the government wants to see this age group vaccinated before schools reopen.
According to The Sunday Times, the HSE’s Schools Immunisation Programme is expected to be used along with the existing vaccination infrastructure.
A senior health source stated that 12-15-year-olds are likely to be vaccinated soon and although it’s not part of the current operational plan, they are still planning for it.
The Pfizer vaccine has been authorised for use in this age cohort by the European Commission following approval from the European Medicine’s Agency (EMA).
Individual EU states will be permitted to decide on whether they will offer the vaccine to 12-15-year-olds.