It was announced earlier today that people aged 65 to 69 will be able to register for vaccination from this week. People aged 69 can register for their vaccine from 10am tomorrow, with subsequent age groups to follow on a daily basis.
The HSE are asking people to register on specific days, as this will help them manage demand on the system, making it easier for everyone to register. Those registering will be required to provide their PPS number and their Eircode, before being called for vaccinations from next week.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said health officials were “working flat out” to get vaccines administered to everyone as quickly as possible. The government will continue to be guided “by safety and the clinical advice”, “as vaccination is our pathway out of this pandemic”.
The HSE say their priorities are safety “and working to protect people as quickly as we can”. Limited only by supply, the vaccine will first be given to people who are most at risk from COVID-19. The HSE will be assigning appointments by age, “so it doesn’t matter how quickly you register. You won’t get your vaccine any sooner if you register earlier”.
Tomorrow, the HSE will add a link to the registration system on their website, although you can also register by phone if you cannot register online. Making sure everyone is catered for, there will also be an option for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
There are currently a few groups receiving the vaccine, with people aged 65 years and older – who live in long-term care facilities – in group 1. Frontline healthcare workers are in group 2, with people living in the community – aged 70 and older – in group 3. The people who are at a very high risk of catching COVID, aged 16 to 69, make up group 4.
The next groups to receive the vaccine are people aged 65 to 69 at high risk (group 5), other people aged 65-69 (group 6), and people aged 16 to 64 who are at high risk (group 7). The vaccination rollout will move to an age-based system once the most vulnerable people have been vaccinated. This allows older people to be vaccinated first, vaccines to be given more quickly and protecting those at higher risk of severe disease first by using an age-based system.
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