Anyone aged 16 and over can now come forward for a Covid-19 booster jab.
From Sunday all of those aged 16 and older who are eligible to receive a booster vaccine can access the service through HSE vaccination centres.
People are being asked to book into a vaccination centre offering jabs to their age group.
2021 was a long and tough year for so many. We begin 2022 in a stronger position thanks to vaccines and effective new treatments. Our case numbers are high and concerning, but good to see the rate of hospitalisations has fallen dramatically compared to this time last year. 1/10
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) January 2, 2022
On Sunday, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that the country begins 2022 in a “stronger position thanks to vaccines and effective new treatments”.
“Our case numbers are high and concerning, but good to see the rate of hospitalisations has fallen dramatically compared to this time last year,” he tweeted.
Mr Donnelly said that the Government had “invested a lot in building capacity”.
He said: “More ICU beds will open this year and I brought a proposal to Cabinet to increase overall critical care capacity to 446 beds. Our legacy deficit is being addressed and we are funding as many ICU beds as the HSE can open.”
🧵Here are today's walk-in #COVIDVaccine clinics. We're operating some walk-in clinics for dose 1 and dose 2, and booster vaccine clinics for healthcare workers, pregnant women and people aged over 16.
⤵️ Keep an eye for updates on queueing times throughout the day. #ForUsAll pic.twitter.com/YUtkgr69Gv
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) January 2, 2022
Ireland has experienced record case numbers in recent days, sparked by the spread of the Omicron variant.
On Sunday, a further 17,071 cases of the virus were confirmed in Ireland.
Early days yet, but let's all hope & plan that with the great efforts of the public, our testers & tracers, vaccination teams & all healthcare professionals will mean that at some stage we can all look back on #Omicron. We're not there yet but these actions will benefit.@HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) January 2, 2022
There are 717 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 87 are in intensive care.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid tweeted on Sunday: “Early days yet, but let’s all hope and plan that with the great efforts of the public, our testers and tracers, vaccination teams and all healthcare professionals will mean that at some stage we can all look back on Omicron.”
He added: “We’re not there yet but these actions will benefit.”