The Department of Health has reported 1,522 new cases of COVID-19 today.
As of 8am today, 217 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals across the State, of whom 34 are in ICU
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said that almost 20,000 cases new cases have been reported in the past fortnight.
“While 17% of these cases were in people who are doubly vaccinated, this is entirely in keeping with what we expect as an increasing proportion of our population get vaccinated,” said Dr Holohan.
“It’s important to remember that this does not mean vaccines are not effective. While they will not prevent every case, they provide excellent protection against severe disease and significantly reduce the risk of hospitalisation.
“If you are awaiting or have recently received your second vaccine dose, please be aware you are not yet fully vaccinated. You will be fully vaccinated 1 week after your second dose of Pfizer and 2 weeks after your second dose of Moderna and AstraZeneca.
“If you have received Janssen, you should not regard yourself as fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after.”