Another 1,386 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the Department of Health today.
There are now 106 people in Ireland hospitalised with COVID-19, of whom 22 are in the ICU.
These daily case numbers may change in the future after data validation and review.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said “This pandemic has provided a prime example of how easily misinformation can spread online, and many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading.”
“This is known as misinformation and it started to spread about potential COVID-19 vaccines even before any had been developed.”
“Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk.”
“All of us together can help to stop the spread of misinformation. Remember not every post on social media is reliable or accurate – if you are not sure, then don’t share.”
Dr Glynn said that Ireland has shown high levels of confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, with strong uptake across all age groups.
“Of course, many people will have questions about their vaccine but it is important that they access accurate and reliable information in order to get these questions answered.”
People should consult trustworthy sources for information, he said, such as the HSE website, or their own GP.