The Covid-19 vaccination program in Northern Ireland has been opened to all people 18 years of age or older.
More than a million people in the North received at least one dose of the vaccine – more than 70% of the adult population – and more than 625,000 (more than 40%) received two doses.
Health Minister Robyn Swan said: “I am delighted that our vaccination program is now open to all adults in Northern Ireland.
“I know this is going to be very good news for young people who are patiently waiting for their turn to get a jab.
Today’s announcement is another important milestone in our campaign to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible, so that we can see a return to normal life.
“The tremendous success of the vaccination program has brought great hope and helped enable a more recent relaxation of restrictions.
“The expansion of the vaccination program, well ahead of schedule, to every person 18 years of age and over is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in introducing the vaccine across Northern Ireland.”
The gate was opened to all adults at 8 am this morning.
As of today, anyone under the age of 40 can book their vaccine at a trust in order to receive a Pfizer vaccine.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael McBride said: “I know many young people will be very keen to reserve their vaccine now that they are eligible for vaccination.
“It is important to understand that while the risk of serious disease is lower in young people, some people may become very ill and of course they can pass the virus on to others who may be more susceptible.
“We are dealing with the emergence of new variables and we all have a role to play in keeping each other safe.
“I would urge everyone 18 years of age or older to reserve a place for vaccination, including older age groups who have yet to progress.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has reported 84 more cases of Covid-19. No further deaths from the virus were reported in the past 24 hours.
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