The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisations says ICU beds are like 'gold dust', with just 12 beds available nationwide.
The increase in the number of patients being admitted to intensive care due to Covid-19 has resulted in a strain on resources at many facilities.
Today, there are 73 patients in ICU with the virus, which is slightly lower than last Monday when the figure was at 75.
However, earlier this month there were 52 patients with the virus in ICU.
The HSE says all hospitals have surge capacity plans in place should they need them.
The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting this afternoon to discuss whether the planned easing of restrictions on October 22nd can go ahead as hoped.
It would include the reopening of nightclubs, and increasing capacity limits at sporting events.
63.2 percent of people admitted to ICU with Covid-19 were not fully vaccinated.
Figures from the HPSC from the end of June until the start of this month show that 57 percent of cases needing intensive care hadn't received a dose of a vaccine.
🆕 63.2% of Covid-19 cases in ICU between 27/6 and 2/10 were not fully vaccinated.
🔴57.8% hadn't received any jab.
🔴31.8% were fully vaccinated.
🔴75.6% of admissions had an underlying condition.
— Ben Finnegan (@_BenFinnegan) October 18, 2021
Just under a third were fully vaccinated.
In that period there were 258 people admitted to ICU due to Covid-19, with more than three-quarters having an underlying health condition.