1,120 new Covid-19 cases reported as CMO encourages parents to register their 12-15 year-olds for a Covid vaccine
"I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible."
There have been 1,120 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan has encouraged parents to register their children in the 12-15 age cohort for a vaccine.
The figures released from the Department of Health on Tuesday did not contain information regarding deaths related to Covid-19.
The Department of Health's statement said that the number of daily cases may also change due to future data validation.
As of 8am today, 142 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU.
As of midnight, Monday 26 July, we are reporting 1,120* confirmed cases of #COVID19.
27 in ICU. 142 in hospital.
*Daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update
— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) July 27, 2021
Earlier on Tuesday, the Government approved advice that will see Ireland's Covid-19 vaccine programme extended to include 12-15 year-olds.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee's recommendation that all children in this age category be included in the rollout was signed off by Cabinet on Tuesday.
Based on clinical advice, those aged between 12 and 15 years will "soon" be offered an mRNA vaccine - either Moderna or Pfizer.
In a statement accompanying the Covid-19 figures, the CMO said: "Almost 70% of our population is now fully vaccinated and today the vaccination programme has been extended to 12-15 year olds who will also be able to register for an mRNA vaccine.
"Following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which has been approved by Government, I encourage parents and guardians of those aged 12-15 years of age to register them for a vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.
"The vaccination programme has received high uptake to date. I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible."