There has been a slight fall in hospital and ICU numbers across the country, despite another 21,926 cases of Covid-19 being confirmed in the last 24 hours.
The number of people in hospital with the virus stands at 936, five less than the same time on Thursday, of which 84 are in ICU — a decrease of six on yesterday.
Earlier today, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, encouraged parents and guardians to engage with trusted sources in relation to concerns about vaccinating their children.
“While we know that most children in the 5-11 age group will experience a very mild form of this disease, for a small few, they may become severely ill.
“Vaccines are doing an excellent job of preventing severe illness and disease in those who are fully vaccinated. This is good news. Getting your child vaccinated is a decision between you and your child.
“I encourage all parents and guardians to engage with the trusted health advice available on the HSE website, and with your own family clinician if you have any concerns about bringing your child for this vaccine,” he said.