Medical Facilities Serving Co. Tipperary Under Pressure.

University Hospital Limerick, the medical facility serving North Tipperary, have confirmed some 52 Covid-19 positive patients, and of these, 6 patients are receiving critical care.

In Tipperary University Hospital, Clonmel; they also are currently experiencing an increase in the number of patients presenting with the virus.

Both hospitals state that all appropriate infection control precautions are being followed to minimise the future risk of spreading infection among staff and patients.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have given the go-ahead for Covid-19 booster vaccinations to be administered to people over the age of 60. This rollout of an additional vaccinations will form a key part of the Government’s reopening strategy, ahead of expected further easing of Covid restrictions later this week.

In a letter to the Irish Government, Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has advised that face masks and social distancing measures should remain in place until at least February 2022. Mr Holohan has warned that Ireland’s situation is currently uncertain and precarious.

It is now expected that the Government will now go ahead with the loosening of some restrictions, while Covid passes are likely to remain in place for customers wishing to access indoor hospitality.

While PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are the most highly specific virus test that can be done, if you are symptomatic; positive moves are also expected to be made in relation to the use of antigen testing.

Meanwhile, Pfizer/BioNTech has submitted data to the European Union’s medicines regulator seeking the approval of its coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years.

Choosing to get vaccinated is an act of protection for yourself, as it may save your life; but it is also an act of solidarity with others; the more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we all will be.


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