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Hospitality workers will not be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccine, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that hospitality workers will not be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine as the indoor hospitality sector reopens.

Martin stated that there would be difficulties in differentiating between sectors while also stating that unvaccinated staff working in indoor dining settings are “low risk”.

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The Taoiseach was asked if there were currently any plans for prioritising hospitality workers for the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the reopening of indoor dining.

He responded by stating that the key issue is to accelerate the vaccine rollout as a whole over the coming weeks and months.

“The key issue here will be in terms of the rollout of the vaccination programme and currently, in pharmacies, it’s going very well. In that framework, I think it should be possible to cover a lot of people.”

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Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine registration for those aged 18-34 will open on Friday while people aged 18-29 will be able to opt-in for an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer and Moderna at a later date.

Pharmacies will also continue to administer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those under the age of 35.

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