Children aged between 12 and 15 with serious underlying conditions, which put them at risk from Covid-19, should be offered the Pfizer vaccine before they return to school in September, according to Cormac Devlin, Fianna Fáil TD for Dún Laoghaire and Dublin spokesperson. 

Deputy Devlin raised the matter with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon and called for the measure to be urgently considered. 

Deputy Devlin told the Dáil, “We have seen reports of the increased transmissibility of the Delta and Delta Plus Covid variants. Rightly, it is the objective of the Government to reopen schools and colleges in September, but it is important we protect young people with an underlying condition that puts them at risk. 

“The European Medicines Agency has approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12-15. Belgium has begun vaccinating children with an underlying condition. The Government must move rapidly and consider the matter, to ensure any children at high risk have the opportunity to become fully vaccinated before the school term starts.’’ 

The Tánaiste has advised Deputy Devlin that the matter is under active review.