Dr. Tony Holohan issues warning to parents as Covid restrictions are lifted
Case numbers are finally decreasing across the country.
Dr. Tony Holohan has urged parents to vaccinate their children. Following the end of Covid restrictions in Ireland, the CMO has warned that children are now at an even greater risk.
He fears the removal of Covid measures may lead to a spike in cases, especially in those who are unvaccinated.
It is believed 60% of people in critical care for Covid are unvaccinated.
In a letter to Government, Dr. Holohan warned that other countries who removed restrictions gave the virus opportunities to transmit.
"This may lead to an increase in disease incidence, including in children, many of whom have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated."
However, medical experts believe we have reached the peak of the Omicron wave.
Last night, 8,126 cases were reported, which is a huge drop from the numbers reported in early January.
There are currently 845 people in hospital with Covid-19. 79 patients remain in ICU, officials confirmed.
The HSE has reassured parents that the vaccine is safe for children.
The Covid-19 vaccine will protect your child from getting seriously ill with Covid.
The vaccine is free and available for children aged 5 and older.
The HSE particularly recommends that children get vaccinated if they:
- have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
- live with someone who is at higher risk of COVID-19
However, it stressed that this is a decision between both you and your child.
Most children who test positive for Covid tend to have mild symptoms, however, the vaccine is the best way to protect them from severe illness.
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