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NPHET advising unvaccinated Irish people to postpone their international travel plans

Irish people who are unvaccinated are being advised by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to postpone their holiday abroad until they are vaccinated.

The Chair of the NPHET modelling group Professor Philip Nolan told Newstalk on Friday morning that people who are unvaccinated should postpone their travel plans.

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“We can see a significant amount of travel in people who are not yet vaccinated and that’s a real risk to them,” he said.

“They could end up severely ill. Not many of them, but some of them will end up severely ill.”

“More worryingly, they could infect somebody they love very much that is vaccinated but is unfortunate enough to get a significant or severe infection through this.”

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“So, we’re not so much concerned about this fuelling the next wave of the epidemic. It is now doing that; it is a relatively minor contributor in the grand scheme of things to the amount of transmission we are seeing on the island,” Nolan continued.

“But it’s important. It is important because it is an unvaccinated population and it presents a risk to them and risk to others.”

“We are asking unvaccinated people to postpone their plans to do those things until they are protected.”

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