Everyone aged between 60 and 69 will get their second dose of the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine inside 10 days, the Taoiseach confirmed final evening, amid mounting issues concerning the dangers posed to the cohort by the Delta variant.
Speaking to the Fianna Fáil parliamentary get together, Micheál Martin pledged that every one second doses can be accomplished by July 18th. He was talking within the face of issues from Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators whose constituents mentioned they had been informed by the HSE their second AstraZeneca doses wouldn’t be administered till late July or early August.
However, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed they’d all “be done” by July 18th. However, Mr Martin warned that unvaccinated individuals must be cautious over the following few weeks.
Last evening State chief medical officer Tony Holohan mentioned the Republic was “continuing to see an increase in the incidence rate” of the virus and that it was vital individuals did as a lot as attainable to manage the unfold of the illness because the vaccination programme continues.
Mr Donnelly mentioned he additionally expects individuals aged 30 to 34 who’ve registered with the vaccine portal to start getting their appointment dates subsequent week. Mr Martin mentioned “we owe it to protect our young people by accelerating the vaccine rollout and being conscious of the impact of long Covid”.
It comes as well being authorities warned yesterday that Northern Ireland was within the “early stages of a significant further wave” amid a “big push” to get as many individuals vaccinated as attainable.
Modelling revealed by the North’s chief scientific officer Ian Young on Wednesday confirmed below the “most likely” situation the North could possibly be going through 2000-3,000 new circumstances per day in the direction of the start of August.
“It is inevitable that as cases increase so admissions and bed occupancy in hospitals will increase followed by patients requiring critical care treatment and unfortunately deaths,” mentioned Prof Young.
“The increase is going to be less than in previous waves because vaccination has weakened the link between case numbers and hospital admissions, but it hasn’t abolished it.”
The modelling additionally confirmed the variety of inpatients would peak at 400 individuals in hospital with Covid-19 on the finish of August or the beginning of September, with the entire quantity hospitalised between 500-600.
Separately, Mr Martin mentioned the Government was on observe to go reside with the digital Covid certificates for EU journey on Monday nineteenth.
Travel to Ireland from Britain may also be “much easier” from July nineteenth as individuals who have been totally vaccinated won’t should quarantine at house, it emerged yesterday.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan mentioned that from July nineteenth vaccinated individuals who journey right here from the Britain won’t should quarantine.
“For others who don’t have the vaccination they will have to continue to abide by the home quarantine and we will continue to review that,” he mentioned.
However, the Government didn’t reply to a query on whether or not the state of affairs will change for kids . At current solely youngsters aged six and below are exempt from the requirement to have a unfavorable pre-departure PCR check. Older youngsters aged between seven and 17 don’t have any speedy prospect of being vaccinated towards Covid-19.