The Department of Health has reported a further 1,501 cases of COVID-19 today.
As of 8am today, 169 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals across the State. A total of 23 of these patients are in ICU.
Speaking this evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that vaccination is now open to anyone over the age of 16 and those aged 12-15 will be able to register soon.
“Walk-in vaccination centres are now available for those yet to receive a first dose,” said Dr Holohan.
“If you have a child with an underlying medical condition, that is living in a household where there are other people at risk, please avail of vaccination at the earliest opportunity.
“Vaccination and the incredible uptake across many age groups is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic.
“If we experience similar uptake in the younger cohorts as experienced in the over 60’s, Ireland will have a strong population level defence against COVID-19 and its known variants.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn added: “If you experience any symptoms of a cold or flu, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, change in taste or smell, headache, sore throat, runny nose or blocked nose/sinuses, please isolate and come forward for a test.
“There are testing centres located in every county in Ireland.”