National portal for public to register for vaccine appointments to go live next month 1 week ago

National portal for public to register for vaccine appointments to go live next month

The announcement comes following a shake-up to the vaccine roll-out schedule.

A national portal allowing the public to register for Covid-19 vaccine appointments is set to go live next month, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

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In the Dáil on Wednesday, responding to a question by Labour leader Alan Kelly, The Taoiseach said the National Taskforce do envisage having a portal set up and running sometime inside the first three weeks of April.

This would mean that, within the next month, the general public in Ireland would be able to make a booking to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien also revealed some details of the plan when speaking on RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne earlier in the day, where he said he understands that people will be able to register with their date of birth and get an appointment.

He stated that Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will be bringing more details regarding the portal forward in the coming weeks.

On the topic, O'Brien called the next few months "crucial" for Ireland.

"By the end of next week, a million vaccines will have been administered in this country," he said.

"In April/May, we'll be averaging a million a month. It's a game-changer."

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His comments come as the national vaccination programme is to be changed to an age-based system once those aged over 70, vulnerable people and people with underlying conditions have been vaccinated.

The change has come as a surprise and has angered groups like Gardaí and teachers who engage with the public through their work and had hoped to be prioritised for vaccines.

The Taoiseach has said the new strategy will be simpler from an administration perspective, as well as fairer.