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'Four weeks ago we were at just 39 people. It is now at 171... About 78pc of those in ICU haven’t been vaccinated'

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HSE chief Paul Reid

HSE chief Paul Reid

HSE chief Paul Reid

The Chief Executive Officer of the HSE has said that rising hospital numbers due to Covid-19 is a “cause of concern.”

There are currently 171 people receiving hospital treatment for Covid, with 26 people in ICU.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Paul Reid said that the HSE are “still concerned” about these rising figures and added that they are monitoring the situation “quite closely.”

“We are still concerned about the slowly, continuously rising numbers of hospitalised cases,” Mr Reid said.

“Four weeks ago we were at just 39 people. It is now at 171... About 78pc of those in ICU haven’t been vaccinated.

“So, we’re monitoring it quite closely but thankfully we’re beginning to see the daily case numbers hold or plateau but we have seen that steady rise in hospitalisations which is a continuous cause of concern for us.”

He added that there are “a lot of people requiring high acute care and respiratory support” in hospitals and warned that the Delta variant “is still a very live threat.”

Meanwhile, the HSE boss described the walk-in vaccination centres over the weekend as a “huge success” in terms of uptake. A further 26 centres will open across the country from today, he said.

In a tweet this morning, Mr Reid shared photos of the “huge turnout” at a vaccination centre in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The HSE have administered 2.1 million vaccines in the last six weeks, Mr Reid confirmed.

In comparison, just one million vaccines were rolled out in the first twelve weeks of the vaccination programme.

Some 280,000 young people in the 12-15 age group should receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine later this month.

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The HSE is currently working to finalise arrangements to manage issues of consent and communication surrounding this age cohort.

They are also making “changes to the IT system to capture he guardian or parents’ details” in addition to the child receiving their vaccination.

Mr Reid added that he would like to commend young people for playing a “key role” in Ireland’s vaccination programme.

“Young people have played such a key role in a very changing Ireland in the last number of years and I actually think this weekend reflects another one of those moments,” he said.

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