Published: 9 July 2021
Fully vaccinated people are being urged to maintain caution as the increasingly prevalent Delta variant has led to a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country this week.
HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry explained that, if you are fully vaccinated and are a close contact of a confirmed case, you do not have to self-isolate if you have no symptoms. However, if you have symptoms, you will need to self-isolate.
“Vaccination is not 100% protective,” said Dr Henry.
HSE CEO Paul Reid confirmed that 4.55 million vaccines have been administered so far by the programme. Over 2m of the adult population are now fully vaccinated.Of these, 2.63 million were a first or single dose and 2 million were a second dose.
However, he said that the country was in a ‘real race to get the vaccine out ahead of the spread of the Delta variant’.
“It is key that people take quite serious the threat of the Delta strain and treat it with the concern it deserves,” he said, noting that it is most likely that the pace of the growth of the Delta variant ‘outmatch our supply of vaccines’ over the coming weeks.
Mr Reid said the modelling demonstrates that the cases of Delta here will rise during July and probably peak into August.
Meanwhile, the vaccination centre at the WIT Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology, which opened its doors on April 22nd, recently passed the milestone of 60,000 vaccinations administered.
The centre is one of two centres being organised by the South/South West Hospital Group. The other is in the Clonmel Park Hotel in Co Tipperary.
Here some of the vaccination staff are pictured together celebrating the happy milestone. Well done to all involved.