A further six coronavirus-related deaths and 1,296 Covid-19 cases have actually been reported in the Republic on the day the first vaccines gotten here in the country.
The National Public Health Emergency Team said on Saturday there had now been 2,200 deaths as a result of the pandemic.
It is the second day in a row that the number of daily Covid-19 cases climbed above the 1,000 mark. Prior to this week, the day-to-day figure had actually not been above 1,000 considering that October 25 th.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said in a declaration: “Within a few brief weeks of easing measures at the beginning of December, we have actually now gone back to the very high levels of Covid-19 distributing in the community that we have actually not seen because the peak of wave 2 of this illness. This is really worrying.”
Earlier, the very first delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrived in the Republic.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the country would begin its vaccination program next Wednesday with frontline healthcare employees and retirement home homeowners set to get the jab first.
The very first doses of the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are being stored in ultra-low refrigeration conditions at a safe and secure area ahead of the rollout of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme.
” After a challenging and different Christmas for many individuals, it is fantastic to see the first deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines to Ireland today,” Mr Donnelly said. “The arrival of these vaccines to Ireland is a substantial and favorable” he added explaining it as a “huge achievement by the clinical and medical neighborhoods [which] will conserve numerous lives”.
He said the current boost in cases had focused “our collective minds on the continued difficulty of Covid-19” and stated the advent of “safe and reliable vaccines will assist us to safeguard the most susceptible in our society as we ramp up our immunisation programme”.
When is a refrigerator worth photographing? When it’s just had Ireland’s very first #Covid vaccines put in it
The very first doses have actually just arrived and a number of them are sitting in that really, extremely cold fridge.
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen).
December 26, 2020
He recommended that the vaccine promised “a better year” however stressed the “requirement to be aware of the threat of Covid-19” and to follow all public health guidance “and bear in mind that every contact counts”.
The chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid said the shipment was “a welcome sight at what is a very hard time in our efforts to suppress the devastating effect of Covid-19”.
He stated it represented “hope for all of us as we move into a new year, but we need to keep in mind, all of us still have our part to play”.
Prof Brian MacCraith, chair of the Government’s taskforce on Covid-19, added that after “a really dreadful year, today’s arrival represents a bright new dawn of hope. It’s a gateway of chance for Irish individuals to safeguard themselves against this dreadful virus.”
HSE’s chief clinical officer Dr Colm Henry explained that while the vaccine’s arrival was a very favorable advancement “it is crucial that all of us remember that the vaccine is not our very first line of defence against Covid-19”.
He said the advice to the public remains the same “in specific as we see increased neighborhood transmission and case numbers continue to rise”.
The very first batch of the vaccine is comprehended to contain 10,000 doses of the jab with the next delivery– of 10s of countless dosages– due in the first week of January.
It is imagined by the HSE that 30,000 retirement home citizens will be vaccinated, having actually received the needed 2 dosages, by the end of January.
After frontline health care workers and assisted living home locals are immunized, individuals over 70; other health care workers not in direct client contact, people aged 65 to 69 and other “key employees” will be vaccinated because order.
This will be followed by people aged 18 to 64 years with particular medical conditions; who are locals of long-term care facilities, and living or working in crowded settings.
Next to be immunised will be essential employees in necessary tasks who can not avoid a high threat of exposure; individuals working in education, people aged 55 to 64, other employees in occupations important to the performance of society and those aged between 18 and 54.
Nevertheless, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has actually said mass shot against Covid-19 is not likely to be possible up until May or June as the vaccine will not be available in adequate amounts till then.
Mr Martin stated typical life will not return until the summer season at the earliest and the go back to typical will be “tentative”.
” I believe the first 6 months of 2021 will see enhancements however we certainly will not have normality in the first 6 months as we knew it,” he stated in Federal government Buildings.
Mr Martin said European Union leaders had actually been briefed by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen that producing vaccines “will increase certainly [in] March onwards and she would have recognized May-June as vital months in terms of high volumes of vaccines coming in”.
He said the anticipated volumes of vaccines in January and February were “fairly low in regards to what would come consequently. However that’s where we’ll be dealing with nursing home residents and healthcare employees and crucial employees … that will make a considerable distinction in itself. If we can immunise and can secure those most vulnerable, that currently begins to provide us a higher flexibility in terms of policy alternatives and choices we take.”