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Taoiseach Says He's Against Mandatory Vaccinations

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

04:44 10 Jan 2022

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The Taoiseach has said he would prefer not to go down the route of mandatory vaccinations.

The issue is being examined by the Department of Health after being discussed by NPHET.

A number of countries have considered making Covid vaccination mandatory for some professions.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says that isn't a route he wants to go down: "I’ve been very clear that I favour the voluntary approach to vaccination - in fact, we’ve done extraordinarily well as a country.

"I fully respect people will explore all issues… but from my perspective, we have achieved one of the highest rates in the world through a voluntary system. That’s the system we will maintain."

Case Numbers

Meanwhile, the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 surpassed 1,000 overnight.

It's the first time it's been above 1,000 since February 2021.

1,063 people are in hospital with Covid-19, up from 984 yesterday.

The HSE says 89 of those are in ICU, with 9 people admitted in the last 24 hours and 2 people discharged.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says 51 pc of those in ICU with Covid-19 are unvaccinated.

21,384 cases were confirmed yesterday.

However Paul Reid says this omicron wave compares favorably to other waves.

The number of booster vaccines administered is expected to surpass 2.4 million today.

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