The Omicron variant now accounts for 35%t of new Covid cases in Ireland, according to NPHET.
A total of 3,628 coronavirus infections have been reported this evening.
420 Covid patients are in hospital today - the lowest figure in over two months.
105 people are in intensive care with the virus - down three from yesterday.
Nearly a third of the adult population has had a Covid booster or additional dose.
32.3%t of over-18s have received a third jab.
Waterford has the highest number of over-12s fully vaccinated in Ireland, at over 98.4 per cent.
That's followed by Carlow, at 98.2 per cent.
Cases appear to have peaked in the South African province where the Omicron variant was first discovered, with early indications that deaths will be lower than in previous waves.
🧵Here are today's walk-in #COVIDVaccine clinics. We're operating some walk-in clinics for dose 1 and dose 2, and booster vaccines for healthcare workers and people aged over 50. #ForUsAll
Keep an eye for updates on queueing times throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/g2eNsJkuDs
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) December 17, 2021