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‘Covid Certs’ for indoor hospitality to remain and booster vaccines for over-60s likely

The requirement to present the Digital Covid-19 Certificate for indoor hospitality is looking likely to remain after the planned October 22nd easing of restrictions.

The recent spike in cases over the past week has put the planned reopening next Friday in jeopardy, with members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) describing it as an “unexpected rise”.

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There are no plans currently to reimpose any restrictions which have already been lifted.

Some Cabinet Ministers believe the reopening of nightclubs may be postponed, or require the use of the Covid Cert to gain entry.

“I don’t think anyone will be up in arms if the reopening of nightclubs is delayed a few more weeks,” a minister said.

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Likewise, booster Covid-19 vaccines for everyone over the age of 60 is on the table, as cases continue to rise and disproportionally affect the over 60 age cohort.

There is concern in Cabinet surrounding the recent spike in cases as the country moves into a winter which will already be challenging on the health service.

Cabinet will make a decision next week on the further easing of restrictions, following receiving advice from NPHET.

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