August 10th, 2021
Registration for 12 to 15-year-olds to get a vaccine will open on Thursday 12 August. You can find out how to get a vaccine for this age group here.
The HSE particularly recommends that 12 to 15-year-olds get vaccinated if they have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or live with someone who is at higher risk of COVID-19. They are encouraging the vaccination of children who have conditions that make them very high risk or high risk to get the vaccine. The following is listed among conditions in the VERY HIGH-RISK category:
- have a condition affecting the brains or nerves that has significantly affected your ability to breathe, meaning you require non-invasive ventilation (such as motor neurone disease or spinal muscular atrophy)
The following are listed among the HIGH-RISK category:
- have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy) that affects their breathing or ability to protect or clear their airway
- are taking medicine that make you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids).
You can read more about deciding on vaccination in this link here.
We are not aware of any measures to facilitate young people with underlying conditions to get the vaccine ahead of their peers who don’t have an underlying condition.