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Tony Holohan writes open letter to those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has written an open letter to those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Holohan wrote that he understood they may be anxious, and advised them on how to restart in a safe way.

“You can now get back out there and restart many things you used to do, once restrictions ease from May 10th,” Dr. Holohan said.

“That might be visiting the seaside, a trip to a museum, a visit with a friend, or a trip to see your grandchildren at long last,” he said.

“It’s important that you look out for the public health advice that is relevant to you and to plan to do it safely – but it’s important to get on and do it!”

He said that he was aware that many people who have been vaccinated are those who had to cocoon, and that these people “may be anxious at the idea of re-opening your social circle”.

“While this anxiety is understandable, you can have confidence in your vaccine, no matter which one you received.”

Holohan ended the letter with a positive, cut cautious approach.

“This is not a signal that the pandemic is over. We have all come a long way and things will improve further but there remains a risk that too much social mixing especially indoors, in houses and other settings will lead to a further surge of this disease,” he said.

“It is important that we keep up compliance with the restrictions and the public health advice.”

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