Number in intensive care with Covid at lowest level in five months

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The number of people with Covid-19 treated in intensive care units is at its lowest level since September 4, 2021.

There were 52 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units across the country as of 11:30 a.m., down three from yesterday.

A total of 595 people with Covid-19 were being treated in hospitals across the country, an increase of 16 from yesterday.

The Department of Health is no longer releasing Covid-19 testing data this weekend, but Northern Ireland today reported 1,865 new infections with five more coronavirus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, parents and guardians of children aged five to 11 can now book appointments for the Covid-19 vaccine online.

Previously, this age group had to register with the Health Service Executive and were offered appointments at a time that may not be convenient for them.

Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of Public Health, National Immunization Office, said: “The HSE is now expanding access to clinics for parents and guardians of children aged 5-11, through our option of online booking.

“This will give them the opportunity to bring their child for the vaccine at a time that is convenient for them. We appreciate parents/guardians being busy and we want to help make it as accessible as possible.

“Next week’s midterm also offers parents another option to bring their children for a Covid-19 vaccination and we encourage parents and guardians to take them to one of our vaccination centres.”

Damien McCallion, HSE’s national lead for vaccinations, said: “We understand that parents want information on the Covid-19 vaccine for this age group and always encourage parents to find this information from trusted sources such as the hse.ie

“Today we are giving parents the option to choose a time and clinic that suits them, we understand that parents are busy and this will give them more flexibility.”

All children in the five to 15 year old cohort must have their vaccination appointment made by a parent or legal guardian, who must also provide consent.

Children must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Individuals present alone will not be vaccinated.

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