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New plan will no longer require vaccinated adults and children to get Covid-19 test

Vaccinated adults and children under the age of 13 with mild symptoms of Covid-19 would no longer be advised to go for a Covid test under plans to scale back the nations mass testing programme.

A paper drawn up for the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) proposes to discourage the testing of children under-13 with mild symptoms.

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Likewise, vaccinated adults with mild symptoms would also not require a test.

The document was drawn up by the HSE’s national lead for infection control Professor Martin Cormican.

However, it has not yet been adopted by NPHET and there is currently no official timeline for its implementation.

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NPHET is to meet this week to discuss a range of issues, including the requirement of all children who are close contacts of confirmed cases to miss classes.

HSE CEO Paul Reid said this current regulation is “probably unnecessary”.

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