Department of Health reports "near elimination" of Covid-19 in vaccinated population

By James Fenton

June 17, 2021 at 5:18pm


The Department of Health have issued a press release which quotes Dr. Tony Holohan as saying "We are now experiencing near elimination of Covid-19 in the vaccinated population."

The release was issued along with today's daily Covid-19 numbers which state the HSE has been notified of 373 new cases of Covid-19, with 54 people currently hospitalised.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "We are now experiencing near elimination of Covid-19 in the vaccinated population. For the 50-65’s who are in the process of receiving protection from full vaccination, incidence is dropping.

"Incidence is also reducing in most age groups, showing commendable compliance with public health measures as the vaccination programme is rolled out to more and more people.

“If you are fully vaccinated you can safely resume normal life - meeting other fully vaccinated people from up to two households indoors without masks or social distancing, and meeting unvaccinated people from one other household indoors and without masks.

"Those of us awaiting vaccination should continue to wash/sanitise hands regularly, manage contacts, avoid crowds, wear masks where appropriate and socialise outdoors.”


Earlier today, it was confirmed that the Covid-19 vaccine portal will open for 35 to 39-year-olds on Sunday. You can read more about that here.