1,120 new Covid-19 cases reported as CMO encourages parents to register their 12-15 year-olds for a Covid vaccine 1 month ago

1,120 new Covid-19 cases reported as CMO encourages parents to register their 12-15 year-olds for a Covid vaccine

"I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible."

There have been 1,120 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan has encouraged parents to register their children in the 12-15 age cohort for a vaccine.

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The figures released from the Department of Health on Tuesday did not contain information regarding deaths related to Covid-19.

The Department of Health's statement said that the number of daily cases may also change due to future data validation.

As of 8am today, 142 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Government approved advice that will see Ireland's Covid-19 vaccine programme extended to include 12-15 year-olds.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee's recommendation that all children in this age category be included in the rollout was signed off by Cabinet on Tuesday.

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Based on clinical advice, those aged between 12 and 15 years will "soon" be offered an mRNA vaccine - either Moderna or Pfizer.

In a statement accompanying the Covid-19 figures, the CMO said: "Almost 70% of our population is now fully vaccinated and today the vaccination programme has been extended to 12-15 year olds who will also be able to register for an mRNA vaccine.

"Following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which has been approved by Government, I encourage parents and guardians of those aged 12-15 years of age to register them for a vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.

"The vaccination programme has received high uptake to date. I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible."