IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle has appealed to people who are eligible for a 2nd booster vaccine for Covid-19 to take it up immediately.
“I was taken aback to hear that only 46% of those who are eligible have availed of the vaccine. I would like to re-iterate the advice that those over 65, and those with underlying conditions over the age of 12, should arrange to get their 2nd booster.”
Alice Doyle said the demographic of the farming community would suggest there are farmers who have yet to have their 2nd booster.
“The clear advice from the HSE is that the vaccine offers the best protection, particularly for people who have underlying conditions. I would ask people to make an appointment as soon as possible,” she said.
At 8am this morning, there were 776 people in hospital with the virus, an increase of 25 on yesterday. 31 are in intensive care, an increase of three.
The HSE said more staff are testing positive in acute hospital settings – with almost 600 staff members testing positive in the last week – which is putting increased pressure on hospital services.
Alice Doyle said IFA would be extending the appeal through the network of the Association to get the message to as many people as possible.