Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show 44 per cent of Eastern European immigrants were vaccinated up to September 10 compared to upwards of 92 per cent of the adult Irish population.
These countries comprise Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia
Via The Irish Times:
One source involved in contact tracing said there had been more and more eastern European names appearing on contact sheets of people who became infected with Covid-19 in recent months, and they were a part of the population that appeared more susceptible to infection and transmission as a result of vaccine hesitancy.
“It is mainly eastern Europeans. These people are not getting vaccinated in their own countries so they are not going to get vaccinated over here,” the source said.
“They are maybe not listening to Irish news. They are more tuned into what is happening in their own countries. They are probably not aware that it is their compatriots who are ending up hospitals.”
…The vaccine uptake rates of British nationals in the Republic was 79 per cent, and 70 per cent among 18 to 24-year-olds.
Vaccination rates of foreign nationals from other European countries were also lower than the overall average.