Cabinet has approved allowing vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds
Ministers accepted NIAC advice and those teenagers will likely be offered vaccine appointments from next week.
Vaccine centres will also begin offering walk-in vaccinations from this weekend.
Professor of Immunovirology at UCC Liam Fanning says parents should inform themselves on the risks and benefits of vaccination for their children:
“Humans as a species have a very hard kind of time understanding very minimal risk, in other words an event that happen very infrequently and we tend to catastrophise it a bit so I think what we need to do is have a clear public health message- these are the benefits, these are the rare risks associated with getting this particular modern medicine and let parents and guardians make their decisions based on that.”