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Daily COVID-19 case count remains above 1000; Walk-in vaccination centers opens across the country

DUBLIN: The people of Ireland are confused whether to trust the government’s declaration that there is no need to be concerned about the spread of COVID-19. Despite health authorities’ claims that there would be no fourth wave of COVID-19 and that more restrictions will be eased in the following weeks as vaccination progresses well, the country is seeing a rise in new COVID-19 patients.

A total of 1,361 new coronavirus cases were reported in Ireland yesterday. As of yesterday, there were 160 people in hospitals who had tested positive for the virus, an increase of eight patients from the previous day. The number of people in intensive care units is 26.

According to Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the majority of COVID-19 cases in Ireland are among those aged 13 to 34. The HSE has revealed that 86% of adults in Ireland have received their first dose of vaccine, while 71% now fully vaccinated.

CMO says vaccination rates need to be raised further

Dr Tony Holohan said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.

“Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Vaccination remains our best protection against this disease. While most people in this age group will experience a mild disease, there will be instances of severe illness and a minority will require hospitalisation.”

Walk-in vaccination centers to open across the country

Walk-in vaccination centers are opening across the country from today, and anyone over the age of 16 can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. People who have already registered online and are waiting an appointment for their first dose can also go to a walk-in facility.

The first of the COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinics will open today. Clonguish GAA Club in Newtownforbes, Co Longford; Clonmel Park Hotel in Co Tipperary; and Midlands Park Hotel in Co Laois are among the first to open.

There is no need to register online before visiting one of these sites, but you must provide a PPS number, phone number, email address, and photo ID. You will be offered the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Click here for a complete list of when and where you may receive a vaccine without making an appointment.

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