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Harris expects vaccines for 16-17 age group by 'early August'

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The Minister for Further and Higher Education expects the vaccine portal for 16 to 17-year-olds to open in "early August". Simon Harris was discussing the reopening of third level at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Minister Harris told TDs and Senators that he would like to see the HSE online portal open for 16 and 17-year-olds "as quickly as possible" as "many of them could end up being college students but also, we're seeing a particular spike in cases among that age group".

He added that "it would be great if, early in August, we could see the portal open for 16 and 17-year-olds and that is my expectation that that will happen".

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