At long last, it pays to be in your thirties.
Those in their thirties will be able to book a date for their first Covid-19 vaccination as of next week.
As with previous expansions to vaccine registration, it’s expected that it will take the format of 39-year-olds being eligible to register on day one, 38-year-olds being able to register on day two, and so on.
The news comes as Ireland begins its reopening programme in earnest, with outdoor dining and drinks having opened this week, as well as gyms. International travel is set to resume next month.
Official statistics for vaccinations in Ireland have been unavailable since the HSE cyber-attack, but Taoiseach Micheál Martin has claimed that around 3,000,000 total doses have been administered — including first and second shots.
Roughly 55% of the population has received one dose of the vaccine so far.
Additionally, 1,000 pharmacies are set to begin assisting in the vaccine programme, and are expected to offer the one-shot Johnson&Johnson vaccine, as well as the Pfizer vaccine in communities that are far away from the nearest vaccination centre.