COVID-19: vaccine registration opens for 12-15 year olds

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Galway Daily news Walk-in vaccination clinic open in Galway City today

Registration has opened today for people aged from 12 to 15 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Children who opted to get vaccinated will be offered either a Moderna of Pfizer mRNA vaccine, either at a vaccination centre, or through their GP or participating pharmacies.

The majority of children will be vaccinated close to their home, and will need to bring a parent or guardian to their appointment.

If parental consent was not given online during the registration process, they will also have to give consent for their children to be vaccinated on the day.

Dr Lucy Jessop Director of Public Health at the HSE National Immunisation Office said that vaccines will be offered to all in this age group.

But, she added, they are “particularly recommended” for those with a health condition putting them at greater risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone at risk.

“Parents of healthier children can read all about the benefits and risks of the vaccine on hse.ie and make an informed choice about vaccinating their child against COVID-19.”

Parents can read about COVID-19 vaccines for 12-15s here: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/deciding-on-vaccination-for-12-to-15-year-olds/.