Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has this morning confirmed that those aged between 18-34 will have access to Janssen Covid-19 vaccines from Monday. The roll out will see pharmacies deliver the vaccines, as the nation looks to battle the new 'Delta variant' of the virus which has been prevalent in recent weeks.
The minister also confirmed that while 18-34 year olds will be able to seek an appointment for a J&J in a participating pharmacy, from this Monday, pending supply, - The following week, starting July 12, 18-34-year-olds will be able to register on the online portal for an AstraZeneca or J&J vaccine.
Mr Donnelly also told the Dail that the government has “line of sight” on around 100,000 AZ doses that can be used for younger age groups - separate to the amount kept aside for second doses for older groups - and there is also likely to be 205-210k J&J doses available.
To arrange a vaccine, people aged 18-34 can contact a participating pharmacy to book an appointment. The HSE is asking that people book in advance so pharmacies will be able to plan accordingly and reduce the risk of any wastage.
Vaccination centres will also begin vaccinating younger age groups from mid-July in line with the current age-based rollout plan.
Vaccination centres will administer AstraZeneca and Janssen, as well as continuing to administer mRNA vaccines.
Consent mechanisms will be put in place by the HSE to ensure that anyone under 35 years of age wishing to avail of earlier access to vaccination through the administration of an AstraZeneca or Janssen vaccine is appropriately informed of the rare side-effects associated with the adenoviral vector vaccines. People in this group will also be advised about the probable timing of the availability of mRNA vaccine for their age group when considering this accelerated option.
As a response to rising concerns with regard to the Delta variant, this recommendation is being implemented in partnership between the HSE and the Irish Pharmacy Union, with the availability of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 18-34 in over 700 pharmacies nationwide.
Furthermore, those aged 18-34 opting for an accelerated vaccination will also be able to register from Monday July 12 for an appointment during July for a Janssen or AstraZeneca vaccine through Vaccination Centres.
Registration for an mRNA vaccine for those aged 30-34 will begin on Friday 9th July, starting with those aged 34 on that day, 33-year-olds on Saturday 10th July, and so on.
Minister Donnelly said; “It’s been a tough week for us all, especially with the greater awareness of the Delta variant and the possible impact of this strain on our communities. But it’s been a particularly tough week for the younger people of this country, who have yet to be offered a vaccine.
“I asked the CMO and NIAC to look at the possibility of offering all vaccine types, including AstraZeneca and Janssen, to our younger population and today we are announcing how this approach will be implemented. Younger people who wish to opt for earlier vaccination can be offered a Janssen vaccine in their local participating pharmacy subject to their informed consent.
“COVID-19 has been particularly hard for younger people in Ireland. While their own health has been threatened to a much lesser degree, they have carried a lot of responsibility in protecting vulnerable members of their homes and communities. I hope that today’s announcement and the acceleration of our Vaccination Programme will help to bring hope to these young people.”
A list of participating pharmacies will be available on HSE.ie and people are asked to contact their local participating pharmacy from Monday to book an appointment for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
Significant acceleration of our vaccine programme:— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) July 2, 2021
* 18-34-year-olds can begin to access Janssen vaccine in pharmacies from Monday. pic.twitter.com/Yhu5k7c4Xc
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