The Department of Health has reported 1,845 new situations of Covid-19. The number of patients being treated in hospital was 497 as of 8am on Monday, it said, with 99 in ICU.
News of the latest figures came as the HSE’s National Director for the vaccination programme said about 2,000 people have been registering for a Covid-19 vaccine over recent days. Damien McCallion said since Thursday the figures have doubled from around 800 to 1,000 people registering daily.
Mr McCallion told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland programme on Monday that a national campaign will run over the next 10 days encouraging those who have in addition come forward for a Covid-19 vaccine to do so.
He said that over 60 per cent of the people being treated in intensive care (ICU) are unvaccinated.
Mr McCallion said the campaign will focus on those who are medically unprotected and deemed high risk along with others who have received their first measure but not their second and some who registered but didn’t receive the vaccine.
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He said the HSE will also be looking at geographic areas where take-up is low and running targeted local campaigns.
He said those coming forward for vaccination at the moment are “spread broadly across all the ages” including some people in their 80s.
Mr McCallion also said there are around 1,800 healthcare staff out of work due to Covid-19, either sick with the virus or deemed a close contact.
He said this was meaningful “both in terms of the people themselves and the impact on the sets they work in”.
He said the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) was looking at the issue of healthcare workers receiving a booster vaccine and that their advice “has served us well”.
“From an operational perspective in the HSE we’re making contingency plans so that when that advice comes we can move fairly quickly and in general because people registered first time round we will be able to proactively call people,” he said.
He said people over 65 in long-term residential care and the over 80s are currently receiving booster vaccines.
A further 1,725 situations of Covid-19 were reported in the State on Sunday. There were 473 people in hospital with the virus yesterday, with 97 of those in intensive care.
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