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.
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.
“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.”