Deputy CMO, Dr Ronan Glynn has praised Ireland’s vaccine rollout. He also confirmed that almost 80% of adults in this country are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Dr Glynn also said that this vaccination rollout has led to almost 10,000 daily cases and 500 hospital admissions being prevented.
He stated that without the vaccine, 50 people would need hospital treatment for every 1,000 cases reported.
Last week, the HSE CEO, Paul Reid had said that the vaccination campaign had entered its “final leg”. He also confirmed that three million people vaccinated against the virus.
The HSE boss tweeted this last Friday, “Great milestones today on the vaccination programme. 0ver 80% of adults now fully vaccinated & almost 90% partially”.
He also wrote, “65,000 12-15 year olds have registered & many of these will be administered this weekend. Ireland is right be proud the programme & the public’s response” @HSELive.
Dr Glynn urges no room for complacency
Despite this progress, Dr Glynn insisted that now is not the time for the public to get “complacent”. Over 10,000 cases were confirmed last week.
“Given the level of disease that it is now circulating in our communities, it is essential that we all do what we can to deny this virus oppoertunities to transmit”, he said.
“This does not mean that we have to stay at home but does mean that we need to be careful in what we do – even if fully vaccinated”.
Dr Glynn also added that counties like Donegal, Monaghan, Galway, Mayo, Cavan and Louth were reporting particularly high incidence rates.
“Unfortunately, all of this disease activity means that some people are becoming very unwell”, he said.
He continued, “At the beginning of July, we had an average of seven admissions per day to hospital. Over the past week, we recorded 31 admissions per day”.
“In early July, less than one person was being admitted to ICU on average. Over the last week, we have seen four admissions to ICU per day”.
The deputy CMO said that that the disease is hitting people between the ages of 16 and 29 especially. He did emphasis that all age groups have seen an increase.