Paul Reid says 16 to 17-year-olds will be vaccinated "promptly" as portal opens from today 1 month ago

Paul Reid says 16 to 17-year-olds will be vaccinated "promptly" as portal opens from today

"Teenagers have sacrificed a lot throughout Covid-19 and we should be proud of their response overall."

HSE CEO Paul Reid has said that 16 and 17-year-olds will be vaccinated "promptly" as the portal opens for everyone aged over 16 from Tuesday morning.

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Reid said that the age cohort have "sacrificed a lot" throughout the pandemic and "should be proud of their response overall" as he called on all those aged over 16 to register for a Covid-19 vaccine.

"Teenagers have sacrificed a lot throughout Covid-19 and we should be proud of their response overall," he said.

"Now, it's their turn to be protected. 16 and 17-year-olds can register online to receive their vaccine. And we'll be aiming to get these done promptly. They deserve it."

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed on Monday evening that the Covid-19 vaccine portal would open for those aged over 16 from Tuesday.

It comes just a week after the portal opened to everyone in the country aged over 18 to receive an mRNA vaccine.

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Taking to Twitter he wrote: "Registration for those age 16 and 17 for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment will start tomorrow, Tuesday.

"It's important that we continue to get as many of our population vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available and following the safety advice of our experts."

To register online for a vaccine, you will need a mobile phone number, an email address, your PPS number and your Eircode.

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If you do not have these things, you are advised to call the Covid-19 helpline to register by phone instead.

For more information on how to register for a Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland using the new portal, check out JOE's handy guide here.