The Sunday Independent revealed that the Government is considering adding the third Covid-19 vaccine jab to the vaccine certificate.
This would mean that an individual would no longer be considered fully vaccinated unless they receive their third vaccine dose.
A memo to ministers last week stated, “The Senior Officials Group will further explore the policy and logistical implications of any change to the validity of the Covid Pass in the context of a widespread booster programme.”
This comes as nearly 6,000 cases were reported yesterday, the highest they have been in over ten months.
There are currently 640 patients being treated for Covid-19 in hospital, with 121 of those in ICU.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that the next two weeks will be critical in controlling the Covid-19 surge.
He stated that further control measures are being considered by the Government but refused to be drawn on issues such as curfews, travel restrictions or possible curbs on socialising over Christmas.
Covid-19 hospitalisations have placed immense pressure on the hospital system, resulting in non-Covid-19 patients being left on waiting lists.
At the Mater Hospital, an organ transplant operation was cancelled due to a shortage in ICU beds which has been triggered by the surge.
The procedure was due to go ahead later today but following a full and frantic check of other hospitals in the capital for ICU beds, the operation was cancelled.
It’s understood that half of the ICU beds in the Mater Hospital were occupied by Covid-19 patients.
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