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Virus deaths Thirteen fully vaccinated people among those killed by Covid

Figures show rising numbers of infections in people over the age of 65 in the past two weeks

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Professor Kingston Mills

Professor Kingston Mills

Professor Kingston Mills

Covid-19 claimed the lives of 13 people who had been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks between April and the middle of August, it emerged yesterday.

They were among 165 Covid deaths, with 68 having had one dose and 30 fully vaccinated with two jabs.

People are urged to wait a week to two weeks after their second dose, depending on their vaccine, before considering themselves to have maximum protection.

However, the figures reveal 13 of these deaths were in people who were two weeks past their second dose.

It comes as figures show rising numbers of infections in people over the age of 65 in the past two weeks and high levels in children.

Vaccination means older people who are fully jabbed and catch Covid-19 are at dramatically less risk of becoming seriously ill.

There are significant levels of infections in under-18s, highlighting the risk as schools reopen.

Ireland has the highest incidence of Covid-19 in the EU, putting the country firmly in the red zone as hospitalisations rise.

Cyprus was holding the top place but that now belongs to Ireland, according to the European Centre for Disease Control.

The 14-day incidence here is 504 cases per 100,000.

The EU average is 199 cases per 100,000.

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Covid-19 vaccines (Damien Storan/PA)

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It comes as another 1,414 new cases of the virus were reported yesterday.

There are 353 Covid-19 patients in hospital, a rise of 10 since Thursday.

Of these 55 are in intensive care, a fall of four since the previous day.

When it comes to Covid-19 deaths, the rate here is 6.65 per 100,000.

This compares with an EU average of 12.68 per 100,000.

It has been strongly linked to our high level of vaccination and the fact that many of those who are getting infected here are in younger age groups.

As of yesterday 87.1pc of people over the age of 16 were fully vaccinated.

The seven-day moving average is 1,619, compared with 1,824 a week ago.

The five-day moving average is also down to 1,526, compared with 1,791 the same day last week. This falling trend looks set to be reversed over the next two weeks following the return of schools.

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The resumption of third-level education later this month will also add to the cases despite high levels of vaccination.

Kingston Mills, Professor of Experimental Immunology in Trinity College, said it is "inevitable" that there will be an increase in cases as a result of the combined impact of the return of schools and third-level colleges.

"We will see a significant rise in cases in the younger population, who have not been fully vaccinated," he said, adding the highest number would be in primary schools.

Prof Mills also pointed to a rise in cases in older people and said it is important to give booster vaccines to susceptible older people such as nursing home residents.

Meanwhile, no date yet has emerged for when people whose immune system is very low due to certain illnesses will get a top-up vaccine.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee recommended another dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for the immunocompromised such as cancer or transplant patients.

"The HSE will commence the process of identifying these people through the relevant healthcare professionals and services," it said.

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