Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group
Via RTÉ News:
People are being urged to come forward for a Covid-19 vaccine to help overcome the spread of the Delta variant.
The chair of the National Public Health Emergency’s Team’s Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Philip Nolasn said while Ireland is well on target to have over 90% of the population vaccinated by the middle of September, “we have not yet reached the level of vaccine protection that we would like to have“.
He said that since April there were almost 200 admissions to ICUs, three quarters of which were among people who were not vaccinated.
Prof Nolan said that 19 out of 20 of these patients had no vaccination or were partially vaccinated and the vast majority were eligible for vaccination.
He said only 5% of those admitted to ICU were 14 days out from their second vaccine.
7-day vaccine summary: 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2021
+1.9% At least one dose
+3.1% Fully vaccinated
— Ireland Vaccine Progress (@IrelandVaccine) August 23, 2021
What would these figures look like without the vaccines? pic.twitter.com/rwRvt4QNgc
— Damian (@raggedlines) August 22, 2021
St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin is admitting a “worrying” number of double-vaccinated patients for treatment for Covid-19, emergency department head Professor John Ryan has said.
He emphasised that just because people are double-jabbed does not mean they are immune to the virus.
“Right now, we’re seeing a significant number of breakthrough cases,” he said.