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Vaccine registration for people aged 50-60 began yesterday; CMO advises people to avoid large gatherings to reduce exposure to COVID-19

DUBLIN: Vaccine registration for people between the ages of 50 and 59 in Ireland began yesterday (Tuesday). The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said that those in the above age category will be able to register for the vaccine over the next ten days.

On Wednesday (today), 58-year-olds will be able to register, followed by 57-year-olds on Thursday, 56-year-olds on Friday, and 55-year-olds on Saturday. People between the ages of 50 and 54 will be invited to register for vaccination from Sunday, May 9, according to the HSE website.

The HSE plans to vaccinate between 220,000 and 240,000 people in the coming week.

Two deaths and 402 new COVID-19 cases

Two further deaths and 402 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ireland yesterday. A total of 249,838 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country so far, with 4,906 virus-related deaths.

National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has warned that further easing of restrictions in Ireland next Monday, May 10, will provide opportunities to enjoy better weather and meet family and close friends safely, but that public health measures must be followed. Chief medical officer Dr. Tony Holohan has advised people to avoid large gatherings in order to reduce their exposure to COVID-19.

“The virus is still circulating in the community and is still a risk, particularly to those who have yet to be vaccinated. So when you are making plans for the coming week, don’t underestimate the need to keep your distance, meet outdoors where possible and wash your hands,” Dr. Holohan reminded.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 194 were men and 189 were women. 79% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 28.

129 of the new cases are in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal and 25 in Louth, with the remaining 132 cases spread across 21 other counties.

The national 14-day incidence of the disease now stands at 134 cases per 100,000 people. The highest incidence rate is in Donegal at 306.5 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Kildare. Kerry has the lowest 14-day incidence rate.

As of yesterday morning, 144 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, with 41 in ICU.

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