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Covid-19 Cases Reach 3,803 On Island Of Éire In Past 24 Hours.

The Department of Health has confirmed 2,855 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, here in the Rpublic of Ireland.

There are 515 people in our hospitals who have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 15 since yesterday. Of these virus patients, 91 are in intensive care units.

Over the past week some 15,000 people have come forward to a vaccination centre via online appointments or walk-in vaccine centres.
Meanwhile, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) which met today to discuss booster vaccines for healthcare workers, has made, as yet, no decision. This is despite the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) calling on the Government to include healthcare workers in a booster vaccination programme.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has confirmed a further 948 new infections and, sadly, 10 Covid-related deaths over the same 24 hour period.

Northern Ireland may need to re-introduce mass walk-in vaccination centres to speed up the delivery of the Covid booster jab. Northern Ireland has the lowest rollout rate of the Covid booster jab in the UK.

Please do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by
regularly washing your hands and wearing a mask when appropriate.

UPDATE:

Booster Covid-19 vaccinations have been authorised for healthcare workers.
Health Minister Mr Stephen Donnelly has tweeted news of this development this evening, saying that the doses will start to be administered from this weekend.

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