The number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 has risen to 400 today, according to the latest figures.
It is the highest number since 8 March, when there were 418 patients in hospital with the disease.
The number of these patients in ICU is 75, an increase of one since yesterday.
Separately, the Health Service Executive is rolling out the administration of third vaccine doses to people who are immunocompromised and older people.
Yesterday, the Department of Health reported 1,384 new cases of Covid-19.
There were 382 patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19, an increase of 29 from Saturday.
According to the latest report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 373 people aged 15 plus were admitted to ICU with Covid-19 between 1 April and 2 October. Over two thirds (69%) of these were unvaccinated.
Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid said the number of people in intensive care units with Covid-19 had risen by 20% in one week, as he urged people to continue to come forward and be vaccinated.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week yesterday, Mr Reid said that a rise in cases over the past four days had been matched with an increase in hospitalisations.We need your consent to load this rte-player contentWe use rte-player to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences
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Separately, the Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said more effort must be made to reach out to pregnant women who are not taking up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccination.
Dr Cliona Murphy, obstetrician at the Coombe hospital in Dublin said it is now a weekly event that pregnant women are being admitted to ICU but this is not very well known.
Unvaccinated remain ‘very vulnerable’ to the virus
The HSE’s Chief Clinical officer, Dr Colm Henry has said that up to 50,000 adults over the age of 40 have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Dr Henry said: “There still remains 40,000 or 50,000 people out there over the age of 40 who are not vaccinated and they remain very vulnerable to the virus, a version of which is very transmissible out there.
“That in turn could lead to big pressures on our healthcare system if they all get sick, a sub section of them end up coming in to hospitals, intensive care units.”
He said that the number of people currently being treated for the virus remains “higher than we would like”.
“It’s is a concern for us for sure, absolutely, 400 in hospitals today and in our intensive care units – 79.”
He continued: “These numbers are higher than we would like, there is no doubt about that, but they are much lower than they would have been, if you look at the number of cases we have out in the community and that’s because of the vaccination programme.”
He said 40% of hospital cases are unvaccinated patients, while 69% of those in ICU are unvaccinated.
He added that the vaccination rate among pregnant women is over 30% but it needs to be higher, “it is a worry and we would like to see more pregnant women get vaccinated”.
When asked if he would like to see healthcare staff prioritised for booster shots, Dr Henry said: “Certainly if the evidence shows that, I would like to see them vaccinated to protect them, patients and our service.”
He said that this is “under active consideration” by NIAC.