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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Taoiseach urges anyone eligible to avail of booster vaccine

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has urged anyone who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine to avail of the vaccine.

Martin applauded the high vaccination uptake in Ireland, and encouraged anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so.

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Martin said: “We are very concerned at the high [virus case] numbers but we are in a different position because of how highly vaccinated we are as a country. That does give us a protection against severe illness.”

“I would urge people who are still not vaccinated to get vaccinated. It prevents severe illness and it prevents admission to ICU. The number of unvaccinated people is disproportionately represented in the hospitals and ICUs.”

“The fact we’ve had up to 92 per cent uptake on vaccination programme, one of the best in the world, illustrates that people have confidence in our system where you have the National Immunisation Advisory Committee which is free from politics which makes this decision in terms of clinical advice,” he continued.

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“I would also say to those who get a call to get the booster, take it when you are offered it because it not only restores the immunity that has waned but it gives additional protection.”

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