26,000 register for vaccine within hours on new online booking system

Thursday, April 15
IRELAND


Over 26,000 people registered for a Covid-19 vaccination within hours of the online portal for 69-year-olds going live this morning, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has said.

The Health Service Executive is inviting around 180,000 people aged between 65 and 69 to begin registering from today.

Bookings can be made on the HSE website, or by phone on the HSE Live number - 1850 24 1850.

Booking then opens for the following:

  • Age 69 from Thursday 15th April
  • Age 68 from Friday 16th April
  • Age 67 from Saturday 17th April
  • Age 66 from Sunday 18th April
  • Age 65 from Monday 19th April

People will need their PPS number, Eircode, mobile phone number and an email address to register online.

The vaccinations will start from next week and will be administered at vaccination centres rather than at GP surgeries.

The HSE has said there is no hurry for people in this group to register immediately, that they can do so at their convenience, and that registering first does not mean that a person will get vaccinated first.

It also said that from now on, most groups in the population will be asked to use this same online registration portal or call the HSE Live phone number to register for vaccinations when their turn comes.

Speaking at this afternoon's weekly Covid-19 briefing,  Chief Executive Paul Reid said people aged 60 to 64 will be invited to register for vaccines "well before the end of April."

Mr Reid also told the briefing that the vaccination target for next week now stands at between 140,000 and 160,000 doses.

The target for the week had stood at 180,000 doses, however the target had to be revised, following the change in advice surrounding the administering of the AstraZeneca vaccine.