There have been a further 2,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today.
As of this morning the number of people hospitalised with COVID in Ireland stood at 408, with 69 of them in the ICU.
There have been a total of 5,306 deaths related to COVID-19 in Ireland since the start of the pandemic.
This another 26 deaths which have been newly notified in the past week according to the Department.
Dr Ronan Glynn praised the level of vaccine uptake in Ireland, but cautioned that there is a “disproportionate impact” on hospitalisations and ICU admissions by people who have not been vaccinated.
“There has been fantastic uptake of COVID-19 vaccination over recent months,” Ronan Glynn said.
“Unfortunately, there are still just under 300,000 adults who have not come forward for vaccination and a further 70,000 people have received just one dose of a two-dose schedule”.
“The spread of disease in these 370,000 people is having a disproportionate impact on the profile of COVID-19 in our hospitals and intensive care units, with two out of every three people in intensive care not vaccinated.”
“Choosing to get vaccinated is an act of protection for yourself – it may save your life – but it is also an act of solidarity with others; the more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we all are.”