28 May 2022

Laois has one of the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates in Ireland

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Covid-19 vaccination rates by county

Newly published show that Laois has the third lowest uptake rate for Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland and is a full 10 percentage points behind Waterford which has almost full uptake.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has released vaccination rates by county for the week ending Sunday, January 16.

It shows that the national uptake rate is 94.8% among adults and 92.8% among over 12s.

Nearly 99.9% of eligible recipients have been vaccinated in Waterford compared to just 89.1% of people in Laois.

The HPSC reports on 12 age categories. Laois is above the national average for full vaccination in just one category - teenagers aged 16-17. The national average for this age group is 86.9% but in Laois 87.6%.

In all other areas even among the older more vulnerable groups, Laois is less compliant than other counties.

Nationally, 99.9% of eligible people aged 70 and over have been vaccinated. In Laois, 93.9% of people aged 70-79 have received the jab while 95.7% of those aged 80 and over have been vaccinated. 

The county's vaccination rate is below 90% in all age groups up to the age of 49.

The highest vaccination rate in Laois is among people aged 60 to 69 with 96.7% of this age group vaccinated. The national average is 98.7%.

While Laois has the lowest, below average vaccination rates are found in Midland and some border counties. Monaghan and Donegal have the lowest vaccination rates, both of which have had high infection rates through the pandemic in the Republic.

Monaghan has the lowest vaccination rate in the country at 87.1%.

The figures show that 67.1% of the adult population in Ireland have had the booster.

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