Under-30s will not be vaccinated ahead of older age groups, says Donnelly



Under-30s will not be vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of older age groups, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said.

The Minister also said “we are ahead of the best-case scenario we were given four weeks ago” for cases of the virus and that the R number, or rate at which the virus is reproduced, remained below 1.

This “puts us in a very positive position to talk about May, June, July” and the easing of restrictions, the Minister added.

Mr Donnelly created consternation when he said he had asked officials to investigate the possibility of revising the order of priority for receiving the vaccine to favour people in the 18-30 age group.

After what he described as a “rocky week” for the vaccination programme, Mr Donnelly on Sunday said Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn had told him the transmission data did not support changing the priority.

“There is no plan to do this, and there is no proposal to do this,” said Mr Donnelly.

“All I was doing was checking in with the deputy CMO to say where are we at on the transmission data. He said it isn’t there, and that’s it.”

The Minister came under pressure after he told The Irish Times he had asked officials to investigate the possibility of changing the priority order for vaccination.



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