Coronavirus: Over 9,000 New Cases Confirmed

From January 3rd, children with high-risk conditions will be offered a vaccine appointment.

The Department of Health has confirmed 9,006 new cases of Covid 19 today.

It's also confirmed that the number of people being treated in Irish hospitals for Covid 19 has increased by 22% since Sunday.

Latest figures from the HSE show that there are 521 patients with the disease in hospital - an increase of 60 on yesterday.

While 92 patients are receiving ICU care, up 1 since yesterday.

The figures also show that there has been a 30.5% positivity rate on tests conducted in the last week.

Meanwhile, the online portal to register children aged 5 to 11 for Covid vaccinations opens today.

From January 3rd next, children with high-risk conditions, or who live with someone who is more at risk, will be offered a vaccine appointment in a vaccination centre.

Covid 19 vaccinations will open for registration from today for children aged 5 to 11.

Children aged 5 to 11 will get an appointment to get their vaccine at a vaccination centre.

Children in this age group cannot get vaccinated at a walk-in vaccination clinic or pharmacy.

5 to 11 year olds will be offered a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with a smaller dose.

The immunity they get will be similar to the higher dose vaccine used in older age groups.

Children from families with younger high-risk children and members with vaccinations of these groups starting on January 3rd in vaccination centres.

From 8 January 2022, all other children aged 5 to 11 will be offered a vaccine.

All other children aged five to 11 will start to be vaccinated from January 10th.

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