Covid Ireland: 4,004 new cases confirmed by NPHET with 481 people now in hospital

There have been 4,004 further cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland this afternoon by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The Department of Health says there are now 481 people in hospital, of which 111 are in ICU.

The CEO of the HSE urged people to avail of their booster vaccines as hospitals are coming under “real pressure” with just two weeks to go until Christmas Day.

Paul Reid said on Saturday: “In December & January we know our hospitals will be under real pressure with currently 481 #COVID19 patients & 113 in ICU.

“We can all help to make this better by taking up the booster vaccine when offered. This weekend many locations open for walk-ins for specified groups.”

A Covid-19 test centre at the GAA clubhouse in Lorcan O Toole Park, Crumlin, Dublin.
A Covid-19 test centre at the GAA clubhouse in Lorcan O Toole Park, Crumlin, Dublin.

Walk-in centres for people to avail of their Covid booster jabs are open for healthcare workers and those over-50 this weekend.

Both the Taoiseach and Chief Medical Officer are appealing to those who are eligible to get the booster shot.

Dr Tony Holohan said: “Early indications suggest that a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine will offer good protection against infection from Delta and Omicron.

“If you are eligible for a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, then please take the opportunity to receive your vaccine as soon as it is available to you. Similarly, if you are yet to receive a primary dose of Covid-19 vaccine then please come forward as soon as possible.”

Micheal Martin also paid tribute to the HSE despite people having been turned away for booster jabs and said the HSE and the Government are “doing everything we possibly can” to ramp up the booster campaign.

He said he hopes one and a half million people will have a booster before Christmas.

He added: “I think the Irish people have shown considerable resilience and adaptability.

“We’ve a new threat now in the form of a new variant just as we overcame Alpha, Delta, we can overcome this wave as well but we have to behave sensibly, assess it as we get more information and deal with it.

“It is a huge challenge to people.

“It has for many of our children in particular, it is not a normal kind of thing we have to do.

“They are not any normal Government envisage doing but that is the nature of a one in 100 year event.”

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