HSE chief Paul Reid has stated that nearly 70% of all patients being treated for Covid-19 in ICU are unvaccinated.
Stating that Ireland is in “a much stronger position” in the fight against Covid-19 than it was a year ago, Reid warned that there has been a recent increase in cases and hospitalisations linked to the virus.
“What we have seen over the past four days in particular is rising cases, and particularly rising hospitalisations,”.
There are currently 382 people receiving treatment in hospital for Covid-19, with 74 being treated in ICU.
Of the 74 people being treated in ICU, 67% have not been vaccinated, according to Reid, who stated, “If you’re not vaccinated, you’re at higher risk of hospitalisation. If you’re not vaccinated, you have a higher potential to transmit further,”.
A further 3% of those being treated in ICU are partially vaccinated.
Reid also stated that the vaccine booster programme was currently administering third vaccine doses to the immunocompromised and those over the age of 65 in long-term care facilities.
Those over the age of 80 will receive their third dose through their GP.
Reid stated that the HSE is currently awaiting further recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) for a booster programme and will mobilise to deliver it once recommended.
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