Vaccine roll-out now extended to 40-44-year-olds

People aged 40-44 will be able to book their vaccination appointment from 12 noon today (Thursday).

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 9:38 am
Covid vaccine. 

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Covid vaccine. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

This latest expansion of the Covid-19 vaccination programme was announced by Health Minister Robin Swann this morning.

If possible, booking should be done online at: https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated

However, where online booking is not possible, the telephone booking number is 0300 200 7813.

Mr Swann said: “Today’s extension of the vaccination programme will be very welcome news to people in this age group.

“Vaccination is by far our best defence against Covid-19 and is essential to our goal of getting Northern Ireland out of lockdown on a sustainable basis.”

People making bookings are asked to be patient, as demand for appointments will be strong.

The ongoing roll-out of the vaccination programme will continue to be dependent on the availability of vaccine supplies.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) yesterday stated that the benefits of vaccination with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine far outweigh any potential risks for people aged 30 and over and for those who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease, irrespective of age.

In line with JCVI advice, people in Northern Ireland aged 18-29 who do not have an underlying medical condition will be offered an alternative vaccine, when this is available.

The Department of Health has stressed that it is very important that everyone who has already had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine gets their second dose of the same vaccine, irrespective of age. The only exception is for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts following their first dose.