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Irish schools to be open to children without vaccinations

Robert Besser
30 Jul 2021, 21:32 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland: Irish children will not need to have received the Covid vaccine to attend school, according to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

Donnelly said any suggestion that pupils would need to be vaccinated in order to attend school was "absolutely not on the cards and won't be on the cards," as reported by RTE

Donnelly also announced that children 12 to 15-year-old with underlying health conditions will be prioritized for receiving Covid-19 vaccines.

The upcoming vaccine campaign will focus on children.

"There was a particular emphasis in the Niac advice on vaccinating children who have underlying conditions and vaccinating children who live with, or are in social or family circles with adults who have underlying conditions," Donnelly said.

He also said booster vaccines will become available beginning in the autumn to front-line workers and those who are vulnerable.

Donnelly noted that children will need permission from their parents to be vaccinated. They will also need to be accompanied by parents to vaccination centers.

In Ireland, there are 269,000 children in the 12-15 year age group.

"Ultimately, the consent and the permission comes from the parents, they will always do what's right for their child and a lot of parents now, I think, are really welcoming of this news and they're looking forward to getting their children vaccinated," Donnelly said.

He added that even as children are at less risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid due to their age, they are not fully protected.

"Not only does this protect the children themselves, but it also protects their families and those around them," he said.

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