Over 70% of the adult population of North Ireland have now had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 40% received two doses.
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Health Minister Robin Swann said on Wednesday the deployment would be extended to 18-24 year olds “in the very near future”.
And on Thursday, he said: “I am delighted that our vaccination program is now open to all adults in Northern Ireland. I know this will be great news for the young people who are patiently waiting their turn to receive the vaccine.
“Today’s announcement is another important step in the drive to get as many people vaccinated as possible as quickly as possible, so that we can see a return to normalcy.
“The tremendous success of the immunization program has raised high hopes and helped enable the recent easing of restrictions.
“The extension of the vaccination program, well ahead of schedule, to all people aged 18 and over is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in administering the vaccine across Ireland. North.
People aged 18 and over will be able to book their jabs from 8 a.m., the health ministry added.
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Wednesday, the roll-out of the vaccine in England has been extended to anyone over the age of 30.
In Scotland and Wales, people over 18 can already book their jab.
In parts of England where the Indians COVID-19[feminine[feminine The variant has spread quickly, with local health authorities going against government guidelines by offering doses to everyone over 18.
In Northern Ireland, sewage is currently being tested to track cases of COVID, as officials seek to better monitor outbreaks in light of the variant.
An estimated 38% of the region’s wastewater is tested at 13 different sites to indicate where the virus is present, including variants, which authorities plan to expand to 70% coverage at 40 sites in the coming weeks. .