Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has claimed that unvaccinated staff working in indoor hospitality settings represents a “low risk” to them.
“Staff working in those situations where you have a high standard of maintenance of public health guidance, vaccination is not the only protection,” Holohan said.
“If your clientele, in a sense, are low risk in the sense that they are vaccinated, if the other public health measures that are in place for your protection are in place, this is a workplace – like many other workplaces – that we think it will be appropriate for people to be able to continue service provision in.”
“If the staff are working in an environment and the clientele that they’re serving are vaccinated, in effect, we think that the risk in that environment is low,” he continued.
Questions have been raised over the legislation, which was passed through the Dáil last night, which will allow only those who are vaccinated to enter indoor hospitality settings.
However, the majority of hospitality staff are younger people, who likely will not have access to a Covid-19 vaccine as of yet.
Holohan maintains that the level of risk posed to these younger workers is low, due to ongoing public health measures, as well as clientele being fully vaccinated.