Children in the Republic of Ireland aged between 12 and 15 can now register to get the Covid-19 vaccine. They will need consent from a parent or guardian, either when registering online, or at the vaccination centre. Those eligible can get the jab at vaccination centres and some pharmacies.
The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) said that it will try to facilitate parents who are working with later appointment times.
About 280,000 children will be eligible for immunisation with a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) made the recommendation to extend the country’s vaccination programme in July.
As of Wednesday, a total of 6,192,071 Covid-19 vaccines had been administered in the Republic of Ireland. Of those, 3,447,303 were first doses and 2,744,768 were second doses.
The total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland since the start of the pandemic stands at 5,044. A total of 317,204 people in the Republic of Ireland have had a confirmed diagnosis of the virus since the pandemic began.