The Department of Health has confirmed 1,098 new cases of Covid-19.

There are 163 patients in hospital with Covid, which is down one on yesterday's figures. Of the 163 patients with Covid, 26 are being treated in ICU.

In Northern Ireland, five more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, with 1,072 new Covid-19 cases confirmed.

The latest figures come as the Chief Executive of the HSE said that 10,000 people availed of walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres around the country yesterday.

The centres are being operated by the HSE and are operating throughout the country across the bank holiday weekend.

The clinics were established to encourage further uptake of vaccines and are open to those aged 16 and over who have yet to receive a first dose.

Those attending the centres, which are being operated by the HSE, will receive a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Speaking in Athlone today, Paul Reid said that of the 10,000 people, around 5,000 would not have been registered on the portal, and around two thirds of them were under the age of 19.

"There were people across all ages coming through, with one 83-year-old coming into our centre in Sligo," he said.

Mr Reid said the HSE had particularly focused on the bank holiday weekend to operate the centres, although he said given their success, they do expect to use them again in a "targetted" way.

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To date, almost 5.8 million vaccine doses have been administered. Just under 87% of the adult population are partially vaccinated, while almost 73% are fully vaccinated.

Yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that a greater percentage of adults are now fully vaccinated in Ireland than in the UK.

Asked about vaccine hesitancy among some in younger cohorts, Mr Reid said the HSE was taking time to "get the consent processes right, and get the communications processes right".

"We totally understand people have questions they want answered, but we really believe that on the balance of risk we would like to see as many as possible among 12 to 15-year-olds to be vaccinated."

Mr Reid said there has been "really strong" uptake among all ages groups, adding that this was anticipated too among 12 to 15-year-olds.

Asked about the possible future closure of mass vaccination centres, Mr Reid said as the country moves towards winter, there would not be 43 mass vaccination centres continuing, adding that a "different approach" would be adopted, involving GPs and pharmacies.

He said that the HSE was also looking ahead in terms of how it would administer booster vaccine doses, adding that the "expectation" was that they would be administered alongside flu vaccines.

He said they would take advice from National Immunisation Advisory Committee in relation to this.