Covid-19: 17,065 new cases as close to 60pc of adults now boosted

There were 17,065 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) tonight.

it comes as nearly six in ten adults (59%) have now received a booster dose, said chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. This compares to an average of 32% across Europe. Dr Holohan says Ireland enjoys “exceptional absorption”.

As of 8am today, there were 1,023 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 83 of whom are in intensive care.

“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 healthcare system in recent years. weeks, with the booster dose restoring protection against severe disease to 90% Currently, only 20% of people in intensive care have been boosted,” said Dr. Holohan.

Dr Holohan said those who have been boosted are less susceptible to infection and, “if infected, are less contagious to others, compared to those who have not been boosted.

“It is important that those who have not yet had a booster shot do so now; appointments are available at vaccination centres, general practitioners and pharmacies.

“Finally, it is also very important that those who have not yet received any vaccine, for whatever reason, come forward as soon as possible. Without vaccination, they remain susceptible to the most serious effects of Covid-19. Your GP, pharmacist, obstetrician or midwife will be very happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding vaccination,” said Dr Holohan.

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