HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has stated that there are more young people who are being treated in hospital with Covid-19.
Reid stated that the concern is not just about hospitalisation, but long-Covid in younger people while stating, “We have many incidents where people may not have been hospitalised, but long-Covid can significantly impact, particularly younger people as well.”
He added that despite high transmission levels in young people, we know over the past 16 months that Covid-19 affects older people than younger people.
Reid stated that we are heading into a surge of new Covid-19 cases with a strong line of defence, such as the high vaccine rollout, which was not there previously.
In relation to the vaccine rollout, 60% of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while 75% are partially vaccinated.
Although we have this strong line of defence, the HSE has warned that the Delta variant is extremely transmissible and is the driving factor behind many new outbreaks of the virus.
According to Mr. Reid, 87% of new virus case numbers over the last two weeks were individuals under 45 years old. Back in January, only 40% of new virus cases were with people under the age of 45.
Reid has also described the unvaccinated as the “new vulnerable” that we are dealing with, “Now the exposure we have, is the people who haven’t been vaccinated, so that’s the new vulnerable we are dealing with,”.
Meanwhile, the online vaccine portal for those aged 25 to 29 is open, with the HSE aiming to provide a vaccination within three weeks from registration.