Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that the Digital Covid Certificate used for travel be adapted for use in indoor hospitality.
The government is to examine if the mechanism can be used for dining and drinking despite their decision months ago to not go the route of a vaccination passport.
Varadkar added that the government would not commission an independent evaluation of NPHET’s advice on indoor dining.
He stated that he hopes NPHET’s worst-case scenario modelling is wrong and that the government would have taken a different decision when faced with warning of such a high number of potential deaths.
In regards to the Delta situation in Britain, Varadkar stated that it would be closely monitored and that no other decision will be made until such a time that figures on deaths and hospitalisations are made available.
According to Varadkar, the government will accelerate the vaccination programme (as half of the population is now full vaccinated), monitor the Delta variant and create a Covid pass for those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.
Varadkar is to meet with representatives from the indoor hospitality sector this afternoon “to see what will work”.
When questioned if it was fair to tell young people that it was okay to work in the hospitality sector but not use it; Varadkar stated, “I don’t think anything’s fair about this pandemic and science isn’t always fair. It is unfair, but this is the reality that faces us.”
He added that the best thing that could be done for young people is to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.