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Vaccine protection holding despite recent Covid-19 spike – HSE

Chief Clinical Officer of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Dr. Colm Henry has said the floodwall of vaccine protection in Ireland is holding strong despite recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

Henry said infection rates have risen from the mid 400s per 100,000 to 677 per 100,000.

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However, he said that hospital and ICU figures have stabilised, which is a very different position than in January when cases and hospitalisations were substantially higher.

Henry noted that vaccination alone will not prevent transmission, and he appealed to the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.

He urged everyone to continue with public health measures, including the wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand hygiene etc.

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“Just because social restrictions have eased and there is greater mixing in the community, doesn’t mean we all have to do it,” he said.

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