Minister Urging People To Avoid Anti-Vaxx Balderdash As Portal Set To Open For 12 – 15 Year Olds

Fianna Fail - Stephen Donnelly - Minister for Health

The registration portal for Covid-19 vaccines will open for 12-15 year-olds from next Thursday, August 12, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has confirmed.

Minister Donnelly is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources, as the six millionth dose of a vaccine will be administered in Ireland today.

Minister Donnelly urged parents of children eligible to register for a vaccine next week to “seek information from reliable sources such as the HSE website” on the vaccination of children.

The uptake for Covid-19 vaccines in Ireland is amazing. These numbers grow everyday. The participation by people in getting fully vaccinated will benefit not just themselves, but all of us and our communities,” Minister Donnelly said on Twitter.

HSE figures show that more than 90% of people over 40 have taken up a vaccine opportunity, close to 88% of 30-39 year-olds have availed of a vaccine appointment while 78.5pc of those aged 18-29 have so far taken up a Covid vaccine.

So far, approximately 64% of 16 and 17-year-olds have taken up a vaccine appointment. Four in five people over the age of 16 have received at least one dose while 75% are now fully protected.