The Department of Health has reported 1,185 new cases of COVID-19 in the State, as the number of people in hospitals with the disease has fallen below 300.
As of 8am this morning, 292 people with COVID-19 are hospitalised, with 65 in intensive care units.
There has been a total of 5,179 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in the Republic to date.
CMO Dr Tony Holohan said COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of this disease.
“Since the 1st of April, approximately four out of every five people admitted to ICU and approximately three out of every four deaths with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.
“It remains vital that those who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine do so at the earliest opportunity.
“If you are fully protected through vaccination, then you can have confidence that your vaccination, and your continued adherence to the public health advice appropriate to each environment, is the best way you can protect yourself from COVID-19,” said the chief medical officer.