Ireland now has the highest number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 since March, despite over 91% of the population over-12 being vaccinated – the highest jab rate in the EU.
The number of Covid-positive patients in Irish hospitals now stands at 513 – figures not seen since the end of the infamous third wave last winter.
101 of these are in ICU this week – an increase from the 74 seen last week.
CMO Dr. Tony Holohan said that he was “increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide.”
According to the Irish Times, Dr. Anne Moore, who is a vaccine specialist at UCC, said cases would increase until there was a “transmission-blocking vaccine,” as whatever protection from transmission the current vaccines offered had already begun to wane.
“I think we will eventually have to boost the rest of the population…because we are going to see a huge increase in the number of cases,” she said.
To date, over 91% of the Irish population over the age of 12 has been vaccinated, making Ireland the most vaccinated country in the entire EU.
— EURACTIV (@EURACTIV) September 20, 2021
Notably, Waterford city, which has the State’s highest rate of Covid-19 infection, has an adult population which is 99.7% fully-vaccinated, making it one of the most vaccinated regions in the entire world.
Waterford city district has State’s highest rate of Covid-19 infections https://t.co/KBikOMaoxR
— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) October 21, 2021
99.7% of Waterford adults fully vaccinated https://t.co/DUoytUM3PN
— Irish Examiner (@irishexaminer) September 23, 2021