Over 15,000 people across the country have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the HSE has confirmed this afternoon.
At its weekly briefing, the HSE said that 15,314 people had received the first dose of the vaccine, and that this number would rise to 35,000 by the end of the week.
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid confirmed that there were 1,043 people in hospital with Covid-19, with 95 in ICU.
He said that before the pandemic, the HSE had 900 ventilators, and since the first wave, that had doubled to 1,800.
The Chief Clinical Officer of the HSE, Dr Colm Henry, noted that “extraordinarily high” positivity rates for the virus were now being seen, with positivity rates in community testing as high as 40 to 50 per cent.
He added that “extraordinary” figures were being seen in terms of referrals from GPs for Covid.
He said on Monday, there were 25,000 referrals, with 18,000 on Tuesday, and 14,000 on Wednesday.
“The message now is that if you think you have Covid-19, you probably do,” he outlined.