DUBLIN, Ireland: To encourage younger people to become vaccinated against the Covid virus, Ireland’s Health Service Executive is working with online dating services to promote the roll out of the vaccination program.
The Health Service Executive plans to work with dating platforms, such as Tinder, Match, OKCupid, Hinge and Plenty of Fish.
Officials at the Health Service Executive said those using the dating apps will be encouraged to sign up to receive their Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
Beginning this week, the dating platforms will offer new features to their apps and websites, including free “super likes” to support the For Us All campaign.
“The vaccination program is a really important tool in our battle against Covid-19, and we’ve seen incredible support for the program among the Irish people since we started,” said Health Service Executive Chief Executive Paul Reid, as quoted by RTE.
The Health Service Executive also announced that showing the status of users’ vaccinations on the dating platforms will be voluntary, as users have the option to disclose their vaccination status.
The latest figures from the Health Service Executive indicate that, to date, 80 people with Covid have been hospitalized nationwide, an increase of seven patients in 24 hours.
Of these 80 patients, 22 are in intensive care units.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that the Covid vaccine is now available for people 25-29 year olds.
Also, those people ages 18-34 are now able to receive their inoculations in local pharmacies.