Covid-19 booster vaccines have been approved for children aged between 12 and 15.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has accepted a recommendation from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.
Following advice from NIAC, am pleased to say we will be offering booster vaccinations to children and young people aged 12-15. It's important that we continue to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/uc1w8IEB2M
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) February 21, 2022
This age-group will be offered a Covid booster six months after their second jab.
The same gap will apply between a Covid infection and a third dose.
In a statement, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said:
"Covid-19 vaccines continue to prove remarkably effective and so it is really important that anyone yet to receive any course of Covid-19 vaccine does so as soon as possible, including those aged 5 – 11 years who are eligible to receive a Pfizer vaccine.
“The evidence also shows that those who have been boosted are less susceptible to infection and, if infected, are less infectious to others, compared with those who have not been boosted.
"If you are yet to receive your booster, please do so as soon as possible – it will protect you and those around you.”