THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 17,065 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
As of 8am today, 1,023 Covid patients were hospitalised, 83 of whom are in ICU.
Said Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan: “We have seen exceptional levels of uptake of the Covid-19 vccine in Ireland. To date, 59 per cent of the adult population here have availed of a booster dose, compared with just 32 per cent across Europe.
“The primary purpose of vaccination has always been to prevent serious illness and death – Covid-19 vaccines continue to prove remarkably effective in this regard and have provided significant protection to the most vulnerable and to our health system in recent weeks, with the booster dose restoring protection against severe disease to 90 per cent. At present, just 20 per cent of people in intensive care have been boosted.
“In addition, we know that those who have been boosted are less susceptible to infection and, if infected, are less infectious to others, compared with those who have not been boosted.”
Dr Holohan continued: “It is important that those who have not yet availed of a booster vaccine now do so; appointments are available through vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies.
“Finally, it is also very important that those who have not yet availed of any vaccine, for whatever reason, come forward for it as soon as possible. Without vaccination, they remain susceptible to the severest effects of Covid-19. Your GP, pharmacist, obstetrician or midwife will be very happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about vaccination. Further information on vaccines can be found at HSE.ie.”