Covid-19: 90% of adults in Republic of Ireland now fully vaccinated

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Children aged 12-years-old and over are now able to receive a vaccine in Ireland

Nine in ten eligible adults in the Republic of Ireland have been fully vaccinated, the Irish health service has said.

More than 7 million vaccines are to have been administered in Ireland by Friday.

Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin described reaching the 90% vaccination threshold and the seven millionth vaccine as "two major milestones".

The vaccine rollout is continuing, with children aged 12 and over now eligible.

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On Friday, the chief executive of Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE), Paul Reid, said hospitalisations in Ireland were "trending downwards".

Mr Reid said that, while positive Covid-19 tests were reducing, they remained high in schools.

There are currently 329 people in Irish hospitals with Covid-19 - 54 of whom are in intensive care.

Booster campaign

The Irish government has set out a plan to remove almost all of its remaining Covid-19 restrictions by 22 October.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recommended Covid-19 booster shots for people aged 80-years-old and over and those aged 65-years-old and older living in long term residential care facilities.

The booster campaign in Ireland is due to begin in the coming weeks.

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