Chief Medical Officers
Irish people have been urged not to wait until after Christmas to get their booster jab because there is evidence that it has significantly reduced infections among those who have been given the third jab.
While there have been reports of large numbers of no-shows, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, had some clear advice for the people due to get a booster.
“Booster vaccinations have been shown to produce very strong antibody responses and are likely to provide protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death from most variants, including Delta and Omicron, at least in the short term.
“In the over 75 age group, where people have been taking up the offer of a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in high numbers, we are seeing significant reductions in the incidence of disease. This is another positive development and further evidence that getting a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine helps to protect from the most severe effects of COVID-19.
“Do not wait until after Christmas to receive your booster vaccine, the benefits of receiving your booster dose far outweigh any potential risks that may arise in the meantime. You will begin to receive the benefit of your booster protecting with seven days of receiving your third dose. This means that anybody who received their vaccine this week can be confident in the protection the booster will offer them as we move closer to the Christmas period.
“As such, is it vital that all of us prioritise our booster appointments as soon as we receive them or make the time to attend a walk-in vaccination clinic if that option is available,” he said.
The CMO said the backdrop is continued infections from variants.
“The current high incidence of COVID-19 that Ireland is experiencing is driven by the Delta variant, which, coupled with the presence of the Omicron variant, means that the trajectory of the disease remains uncertain," he said.
NPHET said the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,590 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am Tuesday, December 7, 505 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 117 are in ICU.
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