Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann (Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Northern Ireland has started Covid-19 vaccination drive for those aged 25 to 29, the government said on Thursday (May 20).

Anyone born between May 1, 1991 and July 31, 1996 can book an appointment at one of the Trust vaccination centres across Northern Ireland.

“Vaccine supplies remain limited and as a result there will be approximately 20,000 slots available weekly, therefore people awaiting their jab are asked to be patient. Additional slots for the following weeks will be released every Thursday,” the government said in an update.

In line with the latest JCVI advice, anyone under the age of 40 can book their vaccination at a trust centre in order to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Those who are under 40 and wish to make an informed decision to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine there are slots available at the SSE arena and at participating community pharmacies.

People those who are making bookings have been asked to remain patient, as demand for appointments is expected to be strong.

Health minister Robin Swann said: “This announcement today will be welcome news for those within the age range and is a further testament to the successful delivery of the vaccination programme in Northern Ireland.  Vaccination is vital in helping us move through this pandemic and there is no doubt that there are people in Northern Ireland alive today because they have been vaccinated.

“Next week we will see further easing of restrictions with the re-opening of licenced and unlicensed premises indoors, the remainder of tourist accommodation and the further relaxation to the rules over visiting indoors. This has been made possible because of the success of the vaccination programme and the majority of people acting on the public health advice.

“I appeal to everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to book an appointment. I know there are some younger people that think they don’t need the vaccine but we have seen what this virus can do and with variants now in the mix we all need to protect ourselves and those around us.”

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