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Chief Clinical Officer COVID-19 vaccine guidance for 18-34 year olds

Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry speaks to 18-34 year olds about their COVID-19 vaccine choices

Published: 12 July 2021

Many of our HSE staff provide services to younger people or have people aged 18-34 in their family and community networks.  The Chief Clinical Officer has captured some of the key information points around viral vector vaccines and mRNA vaccines in the video.  You may find it useful to watch the video to have the latest information available should your family member or service user look to you for information.

  • The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommend an mRNA vaccine for people aged less than 50 years.  However NIAC recently updated their advice to say that it is OK to offer viral vector vaccines to people aged less than 50.
  • People aged 18-34 years can now get a viral vector vaccine if they chose to do so.
  • This option offers people an opportunity to get vaccinated earlier than waiting for the mRNA vaccine at a time when there is an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 caused by the new Delta variant. 
  • The HSE is not promoting one option over another.  It is up to individuals to choose whether to opt for the viral vector vaccine now or wait for the mRNA vaccine later.
  • We have prepared a leaflet  that sets out the pros and cons of getting the viral vector vaccine now or waiting for the mRNA vaccine later. Click here to access the leaflet on COVID-19 Vaccines for people aged 18 to 34 years.