The Department of Health has reported 1,423 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon.
As of 8am today, 286 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 63 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland – it is important that all of us receive our COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to us.
“Once again today, we see more elements of our society and economy reopen.
“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.