Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Report finds 75% of adult hospitalized patients under 50 unvaccinated, while two more deaths have been recorded
A new report from the Department of Health on hospital admissions found that three-quarters of adults admitted under the age of 50 are not vaccinated.
It comes as the department announced two more coronavirus-related deaths.
The report from health authorities, which covers the end of August through September 26, also states that more than a fifth (22%) of hospital patients aged 50 and over are not vaccinated.
One of the main findings of the latest report is that if the number of adults under 50 admitted to hospital is lower, an unvaccinated person is almost 18 times more likely to need hospital treatment. .
The department also said the report shows unvaccinated people aged 50 and over are nearly four times more likely to die.
The latest coronavirus figures from Wednesday show the total number of deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic stands at 2,575.
Another 1,339 people have tested positive for Covid-19 out of 4,590 tested in the past 24 hours.
A total of 244,851 people have tested positive for the virus in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic.
Some 17 deaths have been recorded from the virus in Northern Ireland in the past seven days, up from 33 the week before.
In the past seven days, 7,918 people have tested positive, up from 7,570 the week before.
The occupancy rate of hospital beds is 105% and nine establishments are overcapacity.
There are currently 362 Covid-19 inpatients in hospitals across Northern Ireland – up from 398 inpatients seven days ago.
Figures show 31 people are currently in intensive care, a reduction of three from Tuesday’s figure.
There have been 176 Covid admissions in the past week, down from 205 the week before.
There are currently 65 active nursing home outbreaks – a reduction of 11 from last week.
As of noon as of Wednesday, a total of 2,539,912 vaccines have been administered in Northern Ireland, including 1,314,491 first doses.
A total of 1311 vaccinations were administered in the past 24 hours.
The figures show that 9,916 booster vaccinations have also been administered to date.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Paul Givan has said he hopes Stormont will not need to deploy coronavirus contingency plans to help manage health pressures this winter.
Speaking to BBC NI, Mr Givan said there had been a “sharp drop” in the number of hospitalizations.
Ahead of an executive meeting on Thursday, he said he hoped there would be “free space” to approve more relaxations.
“In this context, I hope that we can take further steps forward,” he said.
“I believe that people in our society have the power to make sound decisions, to take their personal responsibility seriously – all of this will help us avoid having to deploy a contingency plan during this winter time.
“But it is prudent that the executive makes plans for this and has tools, if necessary.”