Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced that nearly half of the Irish adult population has received a booster jab as the Health Service Executive (HSE) continues to push the rollout in the wake of Omicron.
The Taoiseach stated that 49.9% of adults (37.4% of the population) have received a booster jab with the total number of booster vaccinations being administered now standing at 1,869,667.
Martin tweeted that 303,000 boosters have been administered in the past three days, warranting the praise for staff and volunteers in vaccine centres, GPs and pharmacists.
HSE chief Paul Reid said that although current data reveals the Omicron variant to be less threatening than other variants of Covid-19, it was “really early days” with regard to evidence.
It has also been noted that even if the variant does not pose as much of a threat regarding severe illness, its highly-transmissible nature will potentially place immense pressure on the health system.
HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry said that even if there is a reduction in hospitalisations from the Omicron variant, it was still unknown what level of hospitalisations would likely require intensive care treatment.
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