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Dr. Tony Holohan urges unvaccinated people to avoid the All-Ireland final and other large events

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has urged those who remain unvaccinated to avoid large congregations.

Holohan said due to the very significant levels of disease in the population, NPHET had to express concern about the level of socialising that’s taking place in the country.

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“If you’re an unvaccinated person now… there are many activities now with these disease levels in the population that are simply not safe enough to do, particularly some of the kinds of indoor activities, meeting up in groups and in crowds.”

“It’s still really important that you exercise, if you like, that personal judgement to stay away from those kinds of activities until such time as you’ve had the opportunity to receive both doses and to allow that extra week or usually two weeks to elapse to regard yourself as being fully protected.”

Asked about the All-Ireland Football Final, which is expected to have a crowd of 40,000, Holohan said NPHET would like to see these events be limited to those who are fully vaccinated.

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“One of the ways you as an individual could achieve that for yourself is, if you’re not vaccinated, don’t be going to large events of this scale because at this level of disease incidence, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to run into somebody who’s got the disease,” Holohan continued.

“Our message would have to be, for you as an unvaccinated person, it’s really important that you stay away from these, particularly at these high levels of transmission.”

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