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Everyone over 16 years old will be offered Covid-19 vaccine by end of September

Following a Cabinet meeting yesterday evening, everyone over the age of 16 is set to receive a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of September.

For the months during the autumn and winter, the Department of Health is examining plans to offer a booster to vulnerable groups such as elderly people and those with underlying health conditions.

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The government will also be examining the possibility of vaccinating those aged 12-15 years old during the autumn.

A government spokesman confirmed to the Irish Independent that ministers were told that anyone over the age of 16 who wants a vaccine, will be administered one by the end of September.

The government have been doubling down on the vaccine rollout for younger age groups amid concerns over the Delta variant which has been fuelling new Covid-19 outbreaks worldwide, as well as accounting for 80% of the new cases being reported in Ireland.

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The government will also decide on changing the rules around PCR testing for children who enter the country, which will not apply to children under the age of 12.

According to officials, the 5 millionth vaccine dose will be administered in Ireland this week with HSE chief Paul Reid stating, “we are going to win the race”  in regards to the Delta variant.

The HSE is also set to deliver over 300,000 vaccines to people this week.

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