There are 1,120 new cases of Covid-19.
142 patients are in hospital with the virus - the highest in nearly three months - with 27 in intensive care.
Chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, is encouraging parents to register their children for a vaccine 'as soon as the opportunity arises'.
It comes after the government today approved 12 to 15 year olds to get a Pfizer or Moderna jab.
Today's statement in full reads as follows:
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,120* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 142 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Almost 70% of our population is now fully vaccinated and today the vaccination programme has been extended to 12-15 year olds who will also be able to register for an mRNA vaccine.
“Following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which has been approved by Government, I encourage parents and guardians of those aged 12-15 years of age to register them for a vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.
“The vaccination programme has received high uptake to date. I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible.”