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People aged 16 and 17 can register for the COVID-19 vaccine today

DUBLIN: The online portal for COVID-19 vaccine registration will open today (Tuesday, July 27) for people aged 16 and 17.

The HSE has said that people who register will be offered mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna).

People registering for vaccines on the HSE portal will require their PPS number, Eircode, mobile phone number, and email address. Those who do not have all of these documents and do not prefer to register online can call HSELive at 1850 241 850.

“It is 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,” Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said in a tweet.

The portal was opened last week for mRNA vaccines for every adult aged 18 or over.  

People between the ages of 18 and 24 can also register to receive an AstraZeneca vaccine on an opt-in basis. These people can also choose Johnson & Johnson, as pharmacies across the country are administering the one-dose Janssen vaccine for the 18-34 age cohort.

If the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) approves, the vaccine rollout would most likely be expanded to include children aged 12-15 in the following weeks.

According to the latest vaccination figures, over 5.5 million doses have been administered in Ireland.

As of Sunday, more than 2.9 million people had received at least one dose, and more than 2.4 million had received two doses. A total of 187,000 people have received the single-shot Janssen vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health confirmed 1,345 new COVID-19 cases yesterday in the country. There are currently 141 people in hospitals with COVID-19, with 25 of them in intensive care units.

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