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People in their 20s may receive their first dose of vaccine by late July or early August; Ireland will introduce COVID certificate from 19 July

DUBLIN: The COVID-19 vaccination for people in their 20s is expected to begin by late July or early August, according to HSE chief clinical officer Dr. Colm Henry.

“We are always cautious to project too accurately into the future because so much is dependent on the constancy and reliability of supply lines,” Dr. Henry said.

He said that people between the ages of 20 and 29 will receive their first dose of an mRNA vaccine in late July or early August, followed by their second dose one month later.

The online vaccination registration portal is now open to those between the ages of 35 and 39. Those aged 39 can register today, followed by those aged 38 on Monday, and so on.

“We expect to be giving first doses for the whole decade of 30 to 39 right through the month of July,” Dr. Henry said. The second dose for 710,000 people in this age group will be administered a month later, he added.

Meanwhile, the Chair of the High Level Task Force on COVID-19 vaccination has said more than 900,000 doses will be delivered to Ireland within the next two weeks, the most since the vaccination program began.

COVID Certificate

The Taoiseach stated earlier that Ireland is on target to issue the EU Digital COVID Certificate from July 19. Many EU countries will start issuing the COVID certificate from July 1.

Ireland is “certainly on target to be a part of the EU framework in terms of the Digital COVID Certificate, which I think is an important milestone”, said Mr. Martin.

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