The Health Service Executive has said its walk-in vaccination centres will cater for children aged 12-15 for the first time this weekend.

In a statement, the HSE said parents and guardians could bring children in that age cohort to receive either a first or second dose of a Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Consent will be required from a parent or a legal guardian.

Those aged 12 and older can attend any of the vaccination clinics and a full list of locations is on the HSE's website.

Dose 2 clinics will also be open for those who are due their second dose of the vaccine.

Director of the National Vaccination Programme Damien McCallion said the HSE was keen for parents to access vaccination for children as schools begin reopening.

Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines will be offered at the clinics.

The HSE said, at the moment, people will be offered a second dose of the vaccine they have already received.

It said people can go to any dose 2 walk-in clinic location as long as their vaccination is due and they have proof of their first dose.

Children aged 12 to 15 are asked to bring a form of identification with their date of birth on it. Alternatively, their parent of guardian accompanying them to their appointment can confirm their identity and their age.