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Unvaccinated young people can travel abroad this summer, says Varadkar

The government is to launch a campaign on travel ahead of the EU Digital Green Cert roll out on July 19th which will state clearly that young people will be allowed to travel abroad this summer despite their vaccination status.

The news comes as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar clarified over the weekend that young people who are not fully vaccinated will be permitted to travel abroad despite Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan offering advice to the contrary.

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The CMO stated that people under the age of 30 will not be fully vaccinated until September at the earliest and have been advised to not travel abroad this summer to which Varadkar stated would be unfair.

There have been mixed messages coming from the government in relation to this issue which has resulted in rising frustration among those in government circles who have stated that the views of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) are being communicated as if its official government advice.

A source stated that Holohan said the government wants to be made clear that there is nothing stopping unvaccinated people from travelling abroad under the Green Cert system. Ahead of the resumption of international travel, an information campaign is to be launched which will set out the rules clearly on international travel.

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Varadkar stated that the government have to take wider considerations into account which is why the government’s advice differs from the CMO’s advice.

He added, “We are saying that people who aren’t fully vaccinated, including all those young people can travel abroad, but they will need to get a PCR test before they return and that is the protection that we’re looking for.”

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