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(WND News Center) – The Republic of Ireland has injected 92% of its adult population with the COVID-19 jabs, the highest rate in the European Union, but the nation now has the highest number of patients hospitalized for the virus since March.

Irish hospitals now have 513 COVID-19 patients, with 97 in intensive care, which is an increase from the 74 recorded last week.

The cases will increase until there is a “transmission-blocking vaccine,” because the efficacy of the current shots is waning, claimed Dr. Anne Moore, a vaccine specialist at University College Cork.

Dr. Anne Moore added that “we will eventually have to boost the rest of the population … because we are going to see a huge increase in the number of cases.”

However, a yearlong, peer-reviewed study published this week in the prestigious British science journal The Lancet found that people vaccinated against COVID-19 are as likely to spread the delta variant to contacts in their household as those who have not been vaccinated.

The study tracking more than 600 people in the U.K. found immunity from full vaccination waned in as little as three months. Meanwhile, booster shots for older and more vulnerable people in the U.K. are being offered six months after their second shot.

The Irish Times reported recently that Waterford city, with 99.7% of the adult population doubly injected, had the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in Ireland with “three times the national average” in the city’s south electoral area.

Similar findings have been made in the United States, where Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky has acknowledged that the COVID vaccines do not prevent transmission of the virus.

Earlier this month, in Singapore, where 80% of the population has been vaccinated, the health ministry reported the highest number of new cases  since the beginning of the pandemic.

Similarly, the New England states, the most highly vaccinated region in the country, have experienced a surge of coronavirus cases.

Yet Ireland’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan told the Irish Times that the COVID jabs were “our best defence” against the virus, and stated that they would “significantly reduce your risk of severe illness if you contract the disease.”

Reprinted with permission from the WND News Center