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HSE says vaccine registration for those aged 12-15 will open in the next two weeks

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said the Covid-19 vaccination portal will open for those aged 12-15 within the next two weeks.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) approved the vaccine for use in children aged between 12-15 recently.

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The latest statistics show 84.6% of the Irish population over the age of 16 have received at least one vaccine, with 70.6% fully vaccinated.

The HSE’s National Lead for the Covid-19 vaccination programme, Damien McCallion, said the IT system will need to be upgraded before the portal can open for the young age cohorts.

McCallion said the HSE is hopeful a date will be given within the next week.

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“Although we had a sense this was coming and we had started working on that, the systems were based on an adult-based,” he said.

“We would expect to open it within the next two weeks – we’d hope to announce the date this week coming. It will be a model where we’ll use the vaccine centres, but also GPs and pharmacies as well.”

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