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Next step Coronavirus Ireland: 1,361 new Covid-19 cases as HSE finalise plans to vaccinate 12-15 year olds

Almost 3.25m people have now received their first dose, or single dose of a vaccine, equating to 86pc of the adult population.

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Stock image. Photo: Jacob King/Reuters

Stock image. Photo: Jacob King/Reuters

Stock image. Photo: Jacob King/Reuters

A further 1,361 new Covid-19 cases have been announced with 160 patients in hospital.

Out of those hospitalised, 26 are in ICU.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Incidence of #COVID19 in Ireland is mainly among those aged 13-34. 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."

Meanwhile, the vaccination programme for children aged between 12 and 15 could be underway within the next two weeks.

HSE chief Paul Reid told the weekly Covid briefing that over 5.72m vaccines have been administered up to yesterday evening.

Almost 3.25m people have now received their first dose, or single dose of a vaccine, equating to 86pc of the adult population.

And the HSE is finalising plans in relation to the vaccination of 12- to 15-year-olds.

"We do need to make significant enhancements to our IT system to facilitate the consent process and record the consent process, which is being worked through and being assessed at the moment,” Mr Reid said.

"We do expect over the next two weeks to be commencing that programme, but we will give some further details throughout next week.”

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