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Clare has the eleventh highest uptake across the country for vaccinations against COVID-19.

Data accurate up until August 22nd has detailed that Clare’s percentage of vaccination uptake is at 93.7 percent making it the eleventh highest of the twenty six counties in the Republic of Ireland. Ireland has the second highest vaccination uptake in the EU, behind Malta. The county breakdown does not include under eighteens that received the jab.

Extra advertising campaigns have been undertaken by the HSE in counties with a low-vaccine uptake by targeting local radio, newspapers and social media plus walk-in vaccination clinics.

Latest data from the HSE which is from Sunday revealed that the proportion of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of the population in Clare stood at 5,508.5 which represents a steady increase on the 5,207.2 recorded on August 25th.

All of Clare’s local electoral areas – Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush and Shannon all have 14 day incidence rates per 100k of the population lower the national average of 523.3.

A total of 6,545 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Co Clare since the onset of the pandemic.

Over the weekend, 9,500 people availed of walk in vaccination centres across the country, over fifty percent of which were in the 12-15 age category.

CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid this week stated, “The vaccination programme continues successfully. Over 6.9M vaccines administered, over 89% of the adult population now fully vaccinated and over 92% partially. Next week will see 90% of adults fully vaccinated. A great collaboration between the public and the health service”.

Persons that have not yet received the vaccination have been encouraged to do so by the HSE. “The risk of contracting and spreading the virus is greatly increased when you are not vaccinated and it is inevitable that areas with lower vaccination rates, albeit slight, will have a higher incidence rate of the virus. We know that the vaccine protects against severe illness and hospitalisation and we would encourage everyone who can to avail of it,” a spokesperson advised.

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