Fully vaccinated people ‘can have confidence in their vaccine’, Holohan says

There are growing fears in Government that the Covid-19 Delta variant could be responsible for more than 1,000 cases a day by July 19th, the date on which international travel is due to resume and the hospitality industry hopes to reopen indoors.
Ministers are expected to be briefed at Tuesdays Cabinet meeting on updated modelling from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) which suggests that a surge of Delta variant infections is likely to be under way within 10 days to two weeks.
However, officials do not expect these cases to lead to a corresponding rise in hospital admissions as vaccination provides strong protection against falling seriously ill with Covid-19.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan on Monday night said that in excess of 70 per cent of all cases were now accounted for by the Delta variant, but that fully vaccinated people can have confidence in their vaccine and should feel comfortable meeting with other fully vaccinated people in all settings.
Nphet yesterday reported a further 365 cases of the disease and said 51 people with Covid-19 were being treated in hospitals including 14 in intensive care.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin also struck a cautionary note about the Delta variant, as he said there was clear indication that it was beginning to have its impact.