Pharmacists across the region have today begun administering Covid-19 vaccines to young people aged between 18 and 34.

 21 pharmacies in Co Mayo are offering the service, and a list of participating pharmacies in each county are available on the HSE website.

It marks a significant acceleration of the country's vaccination programme, and could lead to all adults being protected against the virus as early as the end of August.

Tuam-based pharmacist Darragh O'Loughlin, general secretary of the Irish Pharmacy Union, told Midwest News that there's huge demand for the vaccines, which are limited.

However, he says it's a great day for young people, who can now look forward to being vaccinated shortly....

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