Coronavirus latest news: 75,000 children aged over 12 register for vaccine in Ireland
Around 75,000 children over 12 have registered for a Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland since the online booking system opened 48 hours ago.
Queues formed at vaccination centres across the country as children aged between 12 to 15 began to receive their jabs.
Children must have the consent of a parent or guardian to get vaccinated and will be receiving either the Pfizer or Moderna jabs.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said it wants to vaccinate the 12 to 15 age group “rapidly and quickly”.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid said opening up vaccination to the younger age group marked a “very strong point” in the country’s vaccination programme.
Bill Shelley, 14, and his 12-year-old sister Sarah were among the children queuing to get inoculated in Citywest, Dublin on Saturday, with their father Michael saying “protecting them for their future health is one of the main reasons we’re here” as well as ensuring schools can stay open.