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02nd Jul 2021

Pharmacies given the green light to vaccinate 18-34 year olds from next week

Lynda Keogh

Minister Stephen Donnolly announced that as of next week, there will be “two tracks” for getting 18 – 34 year olds vaccinated.

Speaking this morning on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland radio programme, the Minister of Health announced that approximately 750 community pharmacies around the country have been given the green light to offer the Covid-19 vaccine to 18 – 34 year olds from Monday 5th July.

The Minister confirmed a dual vaccination offering; one following the “track that we are all used to” via the online portal and nominated vaccine centres, and the other – a community offering of the vaccine in pharmacies around the country. Via this new path, 18 – 34 year olds may get a vaccination appointment earlier than planned. This option will be available to people who have enquired with their pharmacy about vaccination.

From Monday 12th July, this 18 – 34 age group will be able to book online via the booking portal. Just yesterday, the Minister announced that the booking portal for vaccinations for 30 – 34 year olds will be available from next week. Donnelly mentioned that Pfizer and Moderna will be used on this booking path. The Minister also confirmed that this portal will open next Friday 9th July for 30 – 34 year olds.

Minister Donnolly mentioned that this dual-track vaccination programme using all variants of vaccine will not only allow for earlier and quicker vaccination of the 18 – 34 age group, but will also work to ensure that all vaccines in the country are used and will not go to waste.

Tweeting live this morning, Richard Chambers of Virgin Media News, broke down this news of a dual vaccination stream, simply –

Those registering online for their vaccine will need their PPS number, Eircode, a valid phone number and an email address. Registration will be via the HSE website. 

You can also register by phone via the Covid-19 helpline between the hours of 8am and 8pm, Monday to Sunday.

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