Revealed: The counties with the highest and lowest childhood Covid-19 vaccination rates

Childhood Covid-19 vaccination rates vary widely across the country, falling as low as 4 percent in some areas and 54 percent in others, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The vaccination rate for children aged five to 11 in Buncrana, Co. Donegal is just 4 per cent, the lowest rate in the country.

Meanwhile, child immunizations in Stillorgan in Dublin were the highest at 54 per cent.

That Figures are broken down by local constituency. Other areas with high vaccine uptake among children are a number in Dublin – Blackrock (49 pcs), Glencullen-Sandyford (48 pcs), Dun Laoghaire (45 pcs), Clontarf (43 pcs).

Among other areas of low uptake were Belmullet, Co. Mayo (7pcs), Monaghan (8pcs) and various parts of Co Donegal – including Lifford-Stranorlar (8pcs) and Glenties (10pcs) – Ballybay- Clones, Co Monaghan (12 pieces) and Ballymahon, Co. Longford (13 pieces).

Uptake of the first Covid booster shots ranged from 36 per cent to 74 per cent across the country, with the highest levels in Rathfarnham-Templeogue, Blackrock and Dundrum – all in Dublin – according to new CSO figures.

They also show that the highest rate of workers who are not fully vaccinated was 22 percent among workers in the accommodation and hospitality sectors – two areas where there are interactions with the public.

The number of patients with Covid in intensive care has fallen to eight, one of the lowest observed during the pandemic. The positivity rate in people with PCR tests has increased slightly over the past two weeks.

The CSO figures, which are for July and are based on local constituencies, also looked at Covid vaccination rates in local constituencies.

A second booster shot was also offered at this time, but limited to those over 65 and those with compromised immune systems.

According to the report, second-booster uptake averaged 10 percent across all territories, up 1 percent from the previous month. Second refresher rates ranged from 3 percent to 18 percent in all areas.

The figures indicate that the age structure of some areas could affect the uptake of the second booster.

The lowest rates for second boosters were Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart, Tallaght South and Ongar in Dublin.

Figures show just 16 percent of workers across all sectors were not fully vaccinated. But the accommodation and catering sector had the highest proportion of workers who were not fully vaccinated at 22%.

Statistician Steven Conroy commented on the figures: “Our analysis shows that the fully vaccinated rate for 5-11 year olds ranges from 4 percent in Buncrana to 54 percent in Stillorgan. We can also see that primary vaccination rates range from 36 percent to 74 percent in local constituencies across the country. The second refresh rate averaged 10 percent across all local constituencies in July.”

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid stands at 256 today, down from 285 two weeks ago. Of these, the number of patients with the virus in intensive care has fallen to eight.

The 7-day positivity rate for the virus is 11.9 percent, up from 10.4 percent two weeks ago.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/revealed-the-counties-with-the-highest-and-lowest-covid-19-vaccination-rates-among-children-41962341.html Revealed: The counties with the highest and lowest childhood Covid-19 vaccination rates

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