Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced that two million people have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ireland.
Martin added that 70% of Irish adults have received at least one vaccine dose.
The news was hailed by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, who praised the efforts of HSE staff and volunteers who are involved in the vaccination programme as well as describing the news as “another great milestone” in the vaccination programme.
In regards to international travel, Minister of State Ossian Smyth stated that the EU Digital Covid Certificate will not be a prerequisite for travel but will speed up the process.
The minister added that if an individual does not have the certificate, they will still be permitted to travel on existing documentation.
This means that if an individual has been fully vaccinated and plans to travel abroad on July 19th or soon after, their current documentation can be used.
From next Monday, fully vaccinated individuals will be receiving their EU Digital Covid Certificates either through post or email.
Smyth reassured that the vast majority of people will be ok while adding, “I think there will certainly be exceptional cases, and the gov.ie website is there to help you, the call centre will be there to help you. I really just want to reassure people that you can travel on your existing documentation if you need to. Everybody has a way out.”