40 to 50 age group will be called to register for a Covid-19 vaccine next week 1 month ago

40 to 50 age group will be called to register for a Covid-19 vaccine next week

Ireland's vaccine rollout continues.

The HSE has said that people aged between 40 and 50 will be called to register for a Covid-19 vaccine next week.

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While the HSE is still managing the fallout of Friday's cyber attack, its CEO Paul Reid confirmed on Saturday that Ireland's vaccination programme is continuing "at pace".

Asked on RTÉ's Saturday with Katie Hannon when 40 to 50-year-olds will be allowed to register on the HSE's vaccine portal, Reid replied: "Our process had always been to work through up to the age of 50s which we have done.

"There's always a brief period before we move onto the next age group - 40 to 50 will be next.

"We'll be communicating out on that later next week, for people to start registering on that portal."

While Friday's cyber attack against the HSE has caused major disruptions to health services across the country, Reid stated that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is continuing and encouraged those over 50 to register on the portal.

Asked if it was safe for people to use the portal to register for vaccinations now, Reid responded: "Very much so. [We] very much encourage everybody to do it.

"For a brief time yesterday, we took that online system down... We did all the testing on that and that's up and running functionally perfect," he explained.

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"Everybody who's 50 to 69 can still go on now and register. On the vaccination programme, just to say, it does continue at pace.

"The vaccination centres are all up and running at full steam. People will get appointments for next week so please come forward."

Earlier this week, Ireland reached the milestone of administering two million vaccine doses.