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Queues at vaccine centres as 75,000 children over 12 register for Covid jab in Ireland

Vaccinations of children and teenagers begins across Ireland, with more than 23 percent of those aged 12 to 15 registered to receive the jab

Queues formed at vaccine centres in Ireland as children aged 12 to 15 received their jabs.

About 75,000 children in the age group had registered for a vaccine appointment by August 14, 48 hours after the online portal opened to the age group.

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At a glance: 5 key points

  • A number of centres administered vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds on August 13 but the main rollout began in earnest on Saturday
  • The children, who need the consent of a parent or guardian to get vaccinated, are receiving Pfizer or Moderna jabs
  • More than 80% of the adult population in Ireland is now fully vaccinated and about 90% partially vaccinated
  • A further 2,074 confirmed cases of Covid were reported in Ireland on Saturday
  • On Saturday morning there were 229 Covid patients in hospital, 43 of whom were being treated in intensive care

What’s been said

Bill Shelley, 14, and his 12-year-old sister Sarah were among those who queued in the pouring rain outside the vaccine centre at Citywest in Dublin on Saturday.

Afterwards their father Michael expressed his relief that his children had received their jabs.

“We’re very pleased, I’m delighted they’ve got their first vaccine,” he said.

“As parents, protecting them for their future health is one of the main reasons we’re here and keeping schools open is really important too.

“Really happy and really pleased – it went really well. We can’t thank the vaccinators and the team here enough.”

Michael and Rebecca Shelley with their children Bill, 14, and Sarah, 12, after they received their first dose of the Covid vaccine (PA).

Background

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said it wants to vaccinate the 12-15 age group “rapidly and quickly”.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said opening up the vaccination to the cohort marked a “very strong point” of the country’s vaccine programme.

On Friday, deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn warned that Covid rates are rising across Ireland, with more than 10,000 cases recorded in the last week.

He warned the incidence of Covid cases was now rising across all age groups, not just among those aged 16-29.