Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed on July 27 that the vaccination program in the Republic will extend to those aged 12 to 15 years.
“We are continuing to see an increase in cases of COVID-19 among our young people, and vaccination, along with continued adherence to the public health advice, remains the best protection we can offer in terms of reducing the risk of severe disease,” Donnelly said.
“Support for parents and young people will be made available to help them make the best decision for them. We’ll make clear information for parents available in the coming days and announce soon when registration can begin,” Donnelly also said.
The move is based on the advice from the National Immunization Advisory Committee.
Currently, the European Medicines Agency has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for the age group — the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and the other developed by Moderna — which both showed an efficacy rate of 100% for the age group during the clinical trials.
According to Donnelly, Ireland has administered 5.55 million doses so far, resulting in “a marked reduction in levels of severe disease and hospitalization and enabled us to continue with the safe reopening of Irish society.”
According to data from the government, Ireland recorded 1,120 new cases and no new deaths, bringing the tallies to 295,386 cases and 5,026 deaths.