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Children aged 12 to 15 will receive COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks; Information campaign to be launched for parents

DUBLIN: The cabinet agreed on Tuesday to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 12 to 15 in the country. The operational and clinical aspects for vaccinating this age group will be reviewed in the coming days. It is understood that they will be offered the vaccine from next month, but parental consent will be needed.

The decision to vaccinate children was made based on National Immunisation Advisory Committee’s (NIAC) recommendation. The advice also states that it is not mandatory for children to get vaccinated and that it is entirely up to the parents’ decision.

The government believes that educating parents about vaccination rollout to their children is important, therefore an information campaign aimed specifically at parents will be started as soon as possible.  

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan encouraged parents and guardians of children aged 12 to 15 to register them for vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.

Vaccination is not mandatory for children to return to school

Earlier, a government spokesperson said that there is no suggestion that vaccination will be required for children to attend school. The Minister for Health confirmed yesterday that children would not be needed to be vaccinated in order to return to school in September. Minister Stephen Donnelly said that, in addition to parental consent, parents would accompany their child for the vaccination.

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