77,303 vaccines have been administered up to yesterday

Thursday, January 14

A total of 77,303 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered up to yesterday, according to the Heath Service Executive.

HSE's chief executive Paul Reid said 7,925 people in long term care and 69,378 frontline healthcare workers have now received the vaccine. 

Mr Reid said said Ireland has received 152,100 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to date, along with 3,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Speaking at the HSE briefing this afternoon,  Mr Reid said the number of people who are being admitted to hospitals and ICU is rising at a "very concerning pace", describing the situation in hospitals as "grim".

He said "it is continuing get worse from where we are today" and said staff are reporting that "it is continuing to heat up". 

He confirmed that there are 1,792 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospital which equated to over 100% more than at the first peak.

The number of people in intensive care units is now 169 with 100 of those receiving ventillated support.

He said the general beds available across the system are 532 and ICU beds are 31 adults and 6 paediatric beds.

The number currently in hospital is up 80% within the week.