Sunday, September 05, 2021

The national vaccination rollout is to hit a major milestone next week, when 90 per cent of the adult population will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said over 6.9 million vaccines have now been administered in the State.

Of the total adult population, 89 per cent are now fully vaccinated while 92 per cent have received at least on dose.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has confirmed 1,180 new cases of the virus. There are now 362 people in hospital with Covid, 59 of whom are being treated in ICU.

“Next week will see 90 per cent of adults fully vaccinated,” Mr Reid tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

“A great collaboration between the public and the health service,” he added.

Despite the success of the vaccine rollout, Ireland’s incidence rate remains among the highest in Europe, however, the rate of hospitalisations is lower compared to previous waves.

On Saturday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the country should also “take some heart” from early indications that incidence rates may be decreasing.

His comments come ahead of the next stage in the easing of restrictions on Monday, which will see:

  • Increase to 60 per cent capacity for organised indoor events where all attendees are fully vaccinated, recently recovered from the virus, or an accompanied under 18.
  • Increase to 70 per cent capacity for organised outdoor events where all attendees are fully vaccinated, recently recovered from the virus, or an accompanied under 18 (50 per cent if patrons have mixed immunity status).
  • Return of live music, including at weddings.
  • Return of religious ceremonies with 50 per cent capacity.
  • Return of coach tours at 75 per cent capacity.
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