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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Five to 12-year-olds are now the age group with the highest Covid incidence rate

According to Deputy CMO Dr. Ronan Glynn, children aged five to 12 years old currently have the highest Covid-19 incidence rate.

Glynn stated that it’s uncertain as to what’s causing the incidence rate to increase in this age cohort above other cohorts.


NPHET’s analysis of Irish data and international studies indicate that children are less likely to transmit Covid-19 than unvaccinated adults.

According to the chair of NPHET’s Irish Epidemioglocal Modelling Advisory Group Dr. Philip Nolan, the unvaccinated group of children are not transmitting the virus in the same way as an unvaccinated adult would.

This was determined from modelling that tracked the transmission of Covid from the end of August according to age groups.


Although the incidence is increasing across all age groups, the incidence in 12 to 15-year-olds was the highest.

At today’s NPHET briefing, Glynn stated, “I think the key message at this point is that across all age groups, we’re seeing an increase. Obviously, we will focus on that age group over the coming days to see if there’s anything else that needs to be done over and above what’s currently being done.”

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