69-year-olds register for COVID vaccine this morning

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Almost one thousand people across the country aged 69 were waiting in the online queue to register for their COVID-19 vaccine this morning, just ten minutes after the website went live at 10am.

Those aged 69 are invited to register for their vaccine from today, while 68-year-olds can register from tomorrow and people aged 67 on Saturday.

By Monday, everyone aged 65 and over have had the opportunity to register for their jab at the online portal on the HSE’s website.

The vaccine being offered to people aged 65 to 69 is the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency and NIAC.

The HSE says there is no rush to register as the portal will remain open, and being first to register will not result in receiving the vaccine first.

Once a person has registered, the HSE will send appointment details by SMS text message, three to seven days before their vaccination is due to take place. People in this group will be vaccinated during April or May at one of the HSE vaccination centres across the country.

The Taoiseach said yesterday that the immediate focus of the vaccine plan is on those at higher risk and those aged 60 and over. The remainder of the population in order of age will follow, he said.

People between the ages of 60 and 64 will be able to register from next week.