Over 30,000 people attended walk-in vaccination centres over the Bank Holiday weekend across the country.
CEO of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Paul Reid said the turnout outstripped the HSE’s expectations by far.
“All age groups went through but this initiative makes us beyond proud of younger people. When needed, they once again showed up in numbers,” Reid said.
The HSE’s National Lead on Vaccination Programme Damien McCallion said the objective of the walk-in centres “was to try and see whether we could attract people as well who perhaps previously hadn’t engaged in the programme and weren’t registered”.
“They certainly were very popular, there was a good uptake,” he said.
Last week, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed the vaccine rollout will be extended to those aged 12-15 in the coming weeks.