68-year-olds can now register for Covid-19 vaccine

Friday, April 16

68-year-olds can make appointments for the Covid-19 vaccination from today.

Bookings can be made online HSE.ie and by calling the special HSE phone line on 1850-24-1850.

Over 30,000 people registered for a Covid-19 vaccination after the online portal for 69-year-olds went live yesterday.

Booking then opens for the following age groups:

  • 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.

Speaking at yesterday 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" and 250,000 16-59 year olds in Cohort 4 will be vaccinated via a combination of vaccination centres, community vaccination teams and GPs.

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.

The HSE said that it would take three weeks to administer first dose vaccines to 65 to 69-year-olds and a further three weeks for the 60 to 64-year-olds, but that they will all be done by the end of May.