Paul Reid

  • 1.6 million doses of covid 19 vaccinations have now been administered in Ireland.

    The latest figures show that over 788,000 doses were given out in the month of April- almost 200 thousand in the last week alone.

    From tomorrow, those aged 59 can apply online for their vaccine.

    CEO of the HSE Paul Reid says the rollout is gaining momentum.

  • Over 15 thousand people across the country have been vaccinated against Covid 19 so far. 

    The HSE says its target is to administer 35 thousand doses by the end of this week. 

    Its CEO Paul Reid says an agreement to use private hospitals is being finalised and that he expects all of them to sign up urgently.

    However he described the current situation with Covid 19 as quite bleak.


    62 Covid patients are in hospital today - a drop of 2 from yesterday - with 16 of these patients in intensive care.

    The HSE's chief executive, Paul Reid, says Covid-19 cases, testing and positivity rates are all increasing.

    Mr Reid is asking people to take note of these 'early warning signs'.

  • The head of the HSE says it's looking at "all options and scenarios" when it comes to administering Covid-19 vaccines to 12-15-year-olds.

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee's set to issue updated advice on its use on teenagers shortly.

    It's after EU regulators approved the use of Pfizer on the age cohort back in May.

    HSE CEO Paul Reid says work's already underway in anticipation of new NIAC guidance.

  • The Head of the HSE says the virus is 'rampant' in the community, with positivity rates at 22 percent yesterday.

    Paul Reid says some centres reported that half of the tests carried out came back with a positive result.

    People who are identified as close contacts of a confirmed case are no longer being tested, unless they are symptomatic and have a referral from a GP.

    Professor of Health Systems in DCU, Anthony Staines, says there is real fear among the public health community that the worst is yet to come.

    Meanwhile, The Head of the HSE says over 1,800 Covid-19 vaccines have already been administered.

    Paul Reid has confirmed that another 2,000 units have been distributed to County Cork which will be used in hospitals today and over the weekend.

    Next week teams will be moving into 25 nursing homes and a further 17 hospitals across all groups.

    It's anticipated that close to 25,000 people will have received their first dose, of the 40,000 received so far.

    The second delivery of vaccines is also scheduled to arrive within the week.

  • The Head of the HSE has said he expects Covid case numbers to continue to rise in the immediate future.

    It comes as the Department of Health confirmed 783 new infections yesterday, and the Delta variant now accounts for 80% of the cases reported here.

    CEO Paul Reid says he's very concerned about how the forthcoming easing of restrictions in the UK on July 19th will affect the spread of the variant here.



  • The head of the HSE has warned hospital numbers could increase at a "significant pace very quickly" as Covid-19 cases rise.

    There were 1,377 new infections confirmed yesterday - the highest daily figure since the end of January.

    The positivity rate has fallen from 8.4 per cent on Friday to just under 7 per cent yesterday.

    But HSE chief executive Paul Reid says the rise in case numbers could put hospitals under pressure.

  • The head of the HSE has said he expects up to 80 percent of the adult population to be fully vaccinated by the end of the summer.

    At the moment 55 percent are fully protected while more than 70 percent have been partially vaccinated against Covid.

    More than 1.8 million Covid certificates look set to be issued to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recently recovered from the virus in an effort to accelerate the reopening of indoor hospitality.

    Paul Reid says he supports the reopening-  but that we all still need to stick to the guidelines.


  • The head of the HSE says they remain "very apprehensive" about the spread of Covid 19 heading into the winter months.

    330 people are currently being treated in hospital with the virus, with 28 admissions since yesterday, while there are 42 patients in intensive care.

    There have been fewer than a thousand new cases reported on five out of the last six days.

    HSE chief executive Paul Reid says there are some positive signs, but it's too early to call it a trend.

  • There were more than 14 thousand no shows at Coronavirus test centres last month.

    In total more than 240 thousand tests were carried out- meaning non- attendance rate nationwide was 6 percent... That's down from 13 percent in September.

    Yesterday, 344 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic with 4 new deaths.

    The head of the HSE Paul Reid says it's essential that all appointments are kept to stop the spread of Covid-19.