Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said there would be “no question” about reopening on October 22nd if everyone was vaccinated in Ireland.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Varadkar said no decision had been made yet in regards to the planned further easing of restrictions on October 22nd.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will meet next week to assess the epidemiological situation in the country, before giving advice to Government.
Cabinet will then make a decision on the further easing of restrictions.
“It is a personal choice, but the truth is that, if everyone in Ireland was fully vaccinated, we would probably have approximately 25 people in ICU and 200 in hospital overall today, and there would be no question about easing restrictions on 22nd October,” Varadkar said.
“It is a personal choice, but it has an impact on other people.”
Covid-19 cases have been rising across the country in recent days, with health officials labelling it an unexpected rise.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said two out of every three people in ICU are unvaccinated.
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