The Medical Director of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) has advised people that “the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine outweigh the risk as 718 cases of the new Omicron variant have so far been recorded in Ireland.
The Cork-based GP, Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, said that the GP training body is “delighted that a steady stream of people continue to attend for first Covid vaccination” and emphasised to those who have not got the vaccine that “the benefits outweigh any risk”.
His comments come as a total of 718 Covid-19 cases were confirmed as infected with the B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant to date in Ireland, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
Its summary of Covid-19 virus variants in Ireland report published on Friday found that there has been a total of 718 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant to date in Ireland.
Of the 718 cases of the variant, 383 are male, 333 are female and two are unknown.
To date, there have been 63 cases of the variant recorded in Cork.
Dr Quinlan advised people to use reputable websites and sources of information to have any questions answered and reminded people that their GP is available to answer concerns.
As a means to help prevent the spread of infection, the ICGP also advised that people socially distance themselves as much as possible, limit their social contacts to a small number, and follow the public health guidance.
“When making decisions about socialising, we encourage people to consider their extended family members who may be vulnerable to severe Covid illness. Could your social activity have serious implications for someone you love?,” he said.