Wed, 26 Jan 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Department of Health has confirmed 26,122 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily number since the outbreak began.

With 23,817 cases, the previous peak was set on January 6.

There are currently 917 individuals in the hospital, with 83 in the intensive care unit.

Since Friday, the number of people admitted to the hospital has decreased by 19, and

The HSE began offering appointments to youngsters aged five to eleven on Saturday.

The Pfizer vaccination is given to children in two doses three weeks apart.

Those with a weakened immune system will receive a third treatment 28 days after receiving the first.

77,000 children in this cohort have registered for a vaccine, according to Dr. Lucy Jessop, director of public health at the HSE's National Immunisation Office.

Dr. Jessop stated that she does not believe that vaccine apprehension exists among parents but that they are taking their time to digest the facts.

"They want to make sure it's safe for their children," she said.

"We have launched our information campaign a few weeks ago to give parents time to look into that information."

According to the director, the vaccine is strongly recommended for children at high risk for severe Covid, but it is equally crucial for those who aren't.

She stated that around 200 children had been hospitalized in Ireland due to the virus in the last two years.

"Of those who were hospitalized, 70pc didn't have an underlying condition," Dr. Jessop said.

"So although having an underlying condition would put you at increased risk of needing hospitalization, some children who were previously well needed to be hospitalized."

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