Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group

This morning.

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.

Vaccines key to overcoming Delta spread – Nolan (RTÉ)






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.


St Vincent’s at capacity as ‘worried unwell’ add to the workload woes (


11 thoughts on “Well Worried

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    People use contraception but still get pregnant
    People wear seatbelts but still die in car crashes
    People get vaccinated but still get sick, just not as sick as they would be without it.

    I suppose they could always take some horse wormer as treatment.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        Aww, I got me a little puppy following me around, desperate for my attention and approval.

        I hope it’s housetrained!

    1. SOQ

      If the only reason for taking it is severity of your own illness- and even that is now under question- then why should it be anyone else’s business?

      Do you judge people who do not take the flu jab in such a manner?

      1. Cian

        (1) there is more than one reason to take the vaccine.;
        (2) there is no question that the vaccine reduces the likelihood of infection; or the severity if you are infected
        (3) it is other peoples business because it is an infectious disease.

        1. Mr T

          Vaccinated breakthrough cases carry a higher viral load than cases in the unvaccinated population

          1. dubdec99

            But while the authors note that the viral load of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 could be similar, vaccine expert Professor Robert Booy from the University of Sydney said caution should be exercised when interpreting the report.

            ‘It’s an outbreak report with reasonable detail but many caveats,’ he told newsGP.

            As well as the circumstances surrounding the outbreak not being representative, Professor Booy says the way viral loads were assessed in the study – by RT-PCR diagnostic tests – was not ideal.

            ‘It’s not the reliable way to do this. They have taken the opportunity to make a chance observation, which requires a lot more research to be confirmed,’ he said.

            ‘We know already that when breakthrough infection occurs, and actual viral load is measured that you can have similar viral loads in breakthrough cases as you do with primary cases.

            ‘However, within days of infection, the viral load in vaccinated people drops much more rapidly and therefore makes them much less likely to transmit and much less likely to be hospitalised or die.

            ‘At diagnosis there may be a similar load but there are dynamic occurrences after that point which lead to vaccinated people having fewer symptoms and being less likely to transmit.’

            The CDC did note that further microbiological research would be needed to establish the relative viral loads in fully vaccinated people.


        2. SOQ

          There is huge questions as to if the vaccine reduces the likelihood of infection- it simply has not being proved. I find it quite amusing how when such speculation is presented as fact yet evidence of alternatives like Ivermectin must be held to the highest of standards.

          Yes it is an infectious VIRUS but given that vaccinated people can have just as high viral loads, meaning just as infectious- it makes absolutely no sense to treat people differently.

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