With 90% of the eligible population of Ireland now fully vaccinated, the state’s seven millionth vaccine dose is expected to be administered today.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcomed the news, stating on Twitter that Ireland has reached two “major milestones” in regards to its vaccine rollout.
HSE chief Paul Reid announced that 92.5% of Irish adults are now partially vaccinated with positive news extending to the severe illness rate, as there has been a decrease in Covid-19 hospitalisations as well as a reduction in testing positivity.
According to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland’s infection rates have decreased by 14% in the last two weeks, falling from 526.4 to 450.9 as of last Monday.
A further 1,620 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland this evening with 328 patients being treated for the virus in hospitals, 59 of which are receiving treatment in ICU.
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