Booster program to open to everyone as 7,411 new cases were reported – archyde

Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly has announced that by January 10, booster vaccinations will be available for people of all ages, with the basic vaccination being offered to those ages 5-11.

From Wednesday, December 29, 30 to 39 year-olds can obtain booster doses from vaccination centers or pharmacies in addition to their general practitioner.

From this date onwards, 16 to 29 year olds who originally received a Janssen vaccine can receive booster vaccinations through general practitioners and pharmacies whose centers will begin serving the group the following week.

From January 10, availability will be extended to all people in the age group, while the basic doses will be offered to people between the ages of five and eleven who are particularly at risk from Covid or who live with someone who is.

“I am pleased to announce this acceleration of Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination program. In a challenging time, it is important that all groups have the opportunity to get a booster vaccination to protect as many people as possible, “said Donnelly.

The announcement came when the Ministry of Health reported 7,411 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily total since January. The number of patients treated in the hospital was 390 on Thursday at 8 a.m., 98 of them in the intensive care unit.

The latest number of registered cases is the third highest in a single day since the pandemic began.

The record of 8,258 cases was recorded during the second wave on January 8th of this year. Two days earlier, 7,861 had been registered.

The high numbers given are no surprise, as there were more than 9,192 swabs from 37,703 tests today, a very high positive rate of almost 25 percent.

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar predicted last week that the highly transferable Omicron variant would lead to record numbers.

“There is no way to stop it, it is already there, it is dominant and we will see record numbers in the days to come,” he said.

“Much more transferable”

“There will be very high case numbers and we will hopefully not be too scared of it because this is a much more transmissible strain of the virus and we will see very high case numbers.”

There was also a record level of testing with 233,813 tests done in the last week.

In contrast to previous increases, the numbers in hospitals and intensive care units have not increased significantly despite persistently high positive cases.

The number of hospitals fell sharply overnight from 429 to 390, and the number of ICU-related cases treated in the intensive care unit fell by one from 99 to 98.

In December there were already more than 100,000 cases, with eight days a month remaining.

Both medical experts and political leaders have indicated that the daily number of diagnosed cases will continue to rise, with over 10,000 expected in the coming weeks.

However, positive results in a number of early studies on the effects of the Omicron variant have led to some optimism that the number of people needing hospitalization or intensive care treatment will not increase accordingly.

Even so, HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Colm Henry said Thursday that although there were initial indications that there was a reduction in hospital stays with the Omicron variant, it was not yet known how many hospital stays would likely require intensive care treatment.

Dr. Henry said there was some initial reason for optimism based on reports from South Africa suggesting the Omicron variant caused less severe symptoms. But the newer data needs to be scrutinized, he said.

Public efforts have helped stabilize the numbers in recent weeks, but the numbers would rise again because of the Omicron variant, he warned. “We learned a hard lesson about not acting early.”

Reports from the UK and Denmark had also provided some encouraging numbers regarding Omicron, but in each case the authors made it clear that the results were preliminary and that more time and analysis would be needed to get a more complete picture of the likelihood of the variant A hit.

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