Vaccinations not performing as well as hoped in reducing spread of Covid – Ireland CMO

Vaccinations are “not performing as well as hoped” in reducing the transmission of Covid-19, the chief medical officer has said.

Dr Tony Holohan said Ireland’s high vaccination rate has prevented thousands of hospital admissions, as well as hundreds of ICU admissions and deaths.

The incidence of Covid-19 is increasing at a concerning rate, Dr Holohan has warned as 1,631 cases of the virus have been confirmed.

He was speaking as a further 67 deaths have been reported over the past seven days bringing the death toll to 5,436.