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Not too late to become part of 'vaccinated pool' says CMO as 3,161 new cases reported

Not too late to become part of 'vaccinated pool' says CMO as 3,161 new cases reported

Over 3,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported every day over the past week.

NPHET has reported 3,161 new cases of COVID-19 this evening - but that's an estimate, due to a technical issue.

498 patients are in Irish hospitals today, an increase of 20 from yesterday, while the ICU figure is up three, to 78.

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The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says cases are dropping in age-groups who've received a booster vaccine.

β€˜It is not too late to become part of our vaccinated pool of people and your participation in the COVID-19 vaccine programme will be welcomed.'

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β€˜We are now also boosting and offering a third vaccine dose to healthcare workers and people over the age of 60. We are beginning to see encouraging signs, in the decreasing levels of infection among those age groups that have received their booster dose. The importance of coming forward cannot be overstated. If it is time for your booster, please come forward to receive that booster.'

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Meanwhile, The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) says antigen tests in schools have to be free and handed out quickly.

The Taoiseach has confirmed they will be used in primary schools before Christmas.

Around 400 primary school children tested positive for covid every day over the past two weeks.

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