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Vaccine passes set to continue for at least the next year, says Government Minister

Minister of State Ossian Smyth said there will be a continuing requirement for vaccine passes for the next year at least.

Currently, the use of the vaccine pass is due to expire in Ireland in June 2022, but Smyth said he believes they will be required beyond that timeframe.

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“The digital Covid scheme was set up with a one-year end date, so it has a sunset clause,” Smyth said.

“I think your broader question might be though, next year are you going to need a Covid cert to go abroad, are you going to need one to go into a restaurant or cafe, and I think there will be a continuing requirement for vaccination status, if not in Ireland, certainly to travel.”

“Many have been able to reunite with loved ones abroad. 20,000 were able to return to work in indoor hospitality as a result. It has been an incredibly successful situation,” he said of the use of the Covid cert in Ireland.

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He went on to say that as seen with the Delta variant, new variants will arise, which may be more contagious or stronger and may also require new vaccinations to deal with.

“So with that in mind, I would expect the Covid certification is going to continue.”

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