Health Service Executive chief Paul Reid stated that approximately 10,000 people attended walk-in vaccination centres across the country yesterday, with a high vaccine uptake observed in older teenagers.
The walk-in centres, which began operating yesterday, will continue to operate throughout the bank holiday weekend with first doses being administered to anyone aged 16 or over.
More than half of those who attended yesterday were 16 and 17 years old, with an overall 60% of the 10,000 people being aged 19 or younger.
Paul Reid stated that the significant attendance of younger people is a good indicator of high vaccine uptake among the age cohort.
Approximately 50% of those who attended the centres yesterday had not been registered on the HSE portal, with Reid suggesting that there was strong evidence that the walk-in centres were effective in getting younger people vaccinated.
While visiting a vaccination centre at Athlone Institute of Technology, Reid spoke to a number of young people, “They’re all just saying they want to be protected, and get back to normal, that’s the strong theme coming through,”.
It’s expected that those aged 12 to 15 years old will be receiving their vaccines from next month.