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17,065 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 17,065* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 1,023 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 83 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: 

“We have seen exceptional levels of uptake of the COVID-19 vccine in Ireland. To date, 59% of the adult population here have availed of a booster dose, compared with just 32% across Europe.

“The primary purpose of vaccination has always been to prevent serious illness and death – COVID-19 vaccines continue to prove remarkably effective in this regard and have provided significant protection to the most vulnerable and to our health system in recent weeks, with the booster dose restoring protection against severe disease to 90%. At present, just 20% of people in intensive care have been boosted.

“In addition, we know that those who have been boosted are less susceptible to infection and, if infected, are less infectious to others, compared with those who have not been boosted.

“It is important that those who have not yet availed of a booster vaccine now do so; appointments are available through vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies.

“Finally, it is also very important that those who have not yet availed of any vaccine, for whatever reason, come forward for it as soon as possible. Without vaccination, they remain susceptible to the severest effects of COVID-19. Your GP, pharmacist, obstetrician or midwife will be very happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about vaccination. Further information on vaccines can be found at HSE.ie.”

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Galway woman named as new Network Ireland President

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Galway Bay Fm Newsroom- Network Ireland, the women’s business group, has named Galway’s Noreen McKenzie as its National President for 2022 after the group’s AGM at the weekend.

The Ballaghaderreen native succeeds Waterford’s Aisling O’Neill and will be working with almost 1,200 members in 14 regional branches throughout the year.

Ms McKenzie is an associate director with Sherry Fitzgerald Financial Services and has worked in the broker market for over 20 years in sales and management roles.

She has extensive experience in the public, private and charity sectors. She first joined the Galway Branch of Network Ireland in 2015 and was Galway Branch President in 2017.

Her priorities for 2022 include reaching more women from diverse communities and backgrounds across the country.

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COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic on GMIT Galway campus

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Students are encouraged to avail of a COVID-19 vaccination Pop-up clinic on the GMIT Galway campus tomorrow (wednesday January 19)

The vaccination clinic opens tomorrow morning at 10, in Room 347 and will offer vaccines until 4pm.

The clinic is open to all students and staff members on a walk-in basis.

A photo ID is required for anyone seeking a vaccination, and a PPS number is needed for those getting their first dose.

GMIT Student President Colin Kearney says students who feel the need for vaccinations should make use of such services.

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Údarás na Gaeltachta runs social media day to support rural businesses

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta is assisting Digi2market to run a social media day to support rural businesses.

The social media campaign aims to to spread awareness about the people, services, and products behind rural businesses within and outside the Gaeltacht.

The campaign is on Twitter and Instagram tomorrow – a rural business can participate in the campaign by using the hashtag ruralbusiness or #gnotuaithe.

A simple guide to the day is also available on the Digi2market website.

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