Based on current vaccination supplies, a best-case scenario for 20-somethings to be fully vaccinated is late September, HSE chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry has said.
r Henry said “all things going well” the 40-year-old cohort should be fully vaccinated by the start of August and the 30-39-year-olds should get their first jab at the beginning of August, meaning they would all be fully vaccinated early September. This means that those in their 20s could be waiting until the end of September before they have both vaccines.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has previously urged people not to travel overseas unless they are fully vaccinated.
These time-frames are likely later than many people thought, as the vaccination rollout is due to slow down.
This is because the HSE will rely on Pfizer and Moderna vaccines due to AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines’ age restrictions.
People in their 30s are expected to wait up to a month to receive their first jab after registering on the portal.
HSE chief Paul Reid said that while he expected July to be a “strong month”, the numbers administered a dose weekly would be down to between 200,000 and 220,000, with many getting second doses.
Vaccinations have hit a peak, with 330,000 getting a jab this week and 300,000 scheduled for next week.
People receiving their vaccines later than expected may also be due to a higher uptake than expected.
“The 40s uptake is the same as the kind of numbers we saw in the other cohorts,” Dr Henry said today on RTÉ’s The Brendan O’Connor Show.
“We saw 99pc in the over 85s, well over 90pc in the over 69s, it’s heading the same way for over the 50s and we are seeing huge numbers and we expect first doses for the 40s to be completed in the coming weeks.
“They are getting the mRNA vaccines so their second dose will be one month later.”
Dr Henry said the 30-39 age group will also likely take longer due to the sheer number of people in the cohort.
“There’s lots of them, there are 710,000. When we started this, we hoped but we didn’t believe people would show as much interest as they have,” he said.
“But, everybody has got an interest in this for themselves and society.”