100% of people who died with Covid-19 in the past week in Ireland were fully or partly vaccinated, according to figures released by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
A breakdown of patients in the Intensive Care Units showed that 58% of those requiring intensive care were fully or partly vaccinated, while 42% were unvaccinated.
The figures raise issues about the waning efficacy of the vaccine, as the number of vaccinated people becoming seriously ill with the coronavirus continues to rise.
Some 93% of over 18 year olds are now fully vaccinated in Ireland, one of the highest rates in the world. More than 90% of those over 12 are fully jabbed.
While the HPSC provides cumulative reports since April 2021, a contrast of the information in the weekly reports reveals developments by week.
As at 13th November, the HPSC says that 651 persons with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection, were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) as having died due to COVID-19 – and that, from April to November 13th, a total of 243 deaths were amongst those who were unvaccinated, while 408 were vaccinated.
However, contrasting the November 13th report to the HPSC report for the previous week, dated November 6th, shows that 100% of the increase in Covid19 deaths in the past week has been amongst those who have been fully or partly vaccinated.
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These fluctuations may change, and those without vaccinations are certainly over-represented in intensive care. However, as a booster programme is rolled out and further lockdowns are proposed, the HPSC numbers should call the government’s handling of the crisis – and Leo Varadkar’s attempts to demonise the unvaccinated – into question.