HSE chief urges public not to dismiss public health advice
Paul Reid said that adults who decide not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 put themselves and others at "much higher risk".
The HSE has urged the public not to dismiss public health advice as further walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics will be open this weekend.
On Saturday morning, HSE CEO Paul Reid took to Twitter to remind people that it is "never too late" to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
He wrote: "You may decide to ignore strong advice today from many of the top medics in the country. But please don't dismiss it.
"If, as an adult, you decide not to be vaccinated, you do put yourself and others at much higher risk. We won't leave anyone behind and it's never too late."
You may decide to ignore strong advice today from many of the top medics in the country. But please don't dismiss it. If, as an adult, you decide not to be vaccinated, you do put yourself and others at much higher risk. We won't leave anyone behind & it's never too late.@HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) August 21, 2021
His comments come as a number of walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics are open to members of the public aged 16 or over this weekend.
Some clinics are offering people their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, while others are providing people with their second dose.
Details regarding the locations of the clinics and their opening times can be found on the HSE's website here.
Here are this weekend's open walk-in #COVIDVaccine clinics. Some of these clinics are for dose 1 and some are also for dose 2. People aged 16 or older can attend.
📍City Hall, Co Cork
📍Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Co Cork
📍Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Co Donegal
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) August 20, 2021
On Friday, 2,098 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ireland.
As of 8am on Friday, 251 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 52 were in ICU.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan called the figures "concerning".
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