THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 2,066 confirmed cases of Covid-19 today.
As of 8am today, 408 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, 69 of which are in Intensive Care (ICU).
In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Ronan Glynn commented: “There has been fantastic uptake of Covid-19 vaccination over recent months.
“Unfortunately, there are still just under 300,000 adults who have not come forward for vaccination and a further 70,000 people have received just one dose of a two-dose schedule.
“The spread of disease in these 370,000 people is having a disproportionate impact on the profile of Covid-19 in our hospitals and intensive care units, with two out of every three people in intensive care not vaccinated. Some people will understandably have concerns about vaccination given the extent of misinformation that is circulating.”
Dr Glynn then detailed a series of facts, namely:
- That all vaccines approved by the EMA and in use in Ireland are remarkably safe and effective against getting severe Covid-19;
- The vaccine for Covid-19 cannot and will not give you Covid-19;
- Covid-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes Covid-19;
- Covid-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way;
- There is no evidence that Covid-19 vaccines affect fertility – in men or women;
- Pregnant women with symptomatic Covid-19 may be more likely to be admitted to hospital, to need care in an ICU, and to die when compared with non-pregnant women. If you are pregnant, you should get a Covid-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your baby from the virus. You can do this at any stage of your pregnancy. If you have questions you should talk to your obstetrician, midwife or GP about the risks and benefits of getting a Covid-19 vaccine;
- Incidence of Covid-19 in Ireland is high and rising. Those who are not vaccinated are at high risk of contracting this virus and becoming severely unwell. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19 is to get vaccinated.
Dr Glynn concluded: “Choosing to get vaccinated is an act of protection for yourself – it may save your life – but it is also an act of solidarity with others; the more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we all are.”
Some 5,306 notified deaths related to Covid-19 have been recorded in Ireland since March of last year. This includes 26 deaths newly notified since Wednesday of last week.