Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that the schedule for the booster vaccination programme is being moved forward.
From this Sunday, December 19 people aged 40-49 will be able to get vaccine booster shots at vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies.
This will be achieved through a mixed model of appointments and walk-in clinics, similar to earlier age groups.
Minister Donnelly said that they had expected that booster shots would begin for this age group in the week of December 27.
“I’ve been working with the HSE to significantly increase capacity in recent weeks, and we have witnessed significant increases in the numbers getting boosters.”
More than 160,000 booster doses had been administered in the past three days, Stephen Donnelly said on Friday.
“It is welcome to see so many people presenting for a booster vaccination before Christmas.”
The HSE Twitter account account is updated on a regular basis with the location of centres as well as up to date queueing times throughout the day.