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Wider booster rollout will be ‘very important part’ of Covid response – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that the vaccine booster rollout will be a very important part of the Covid-19 response.

Martin’s comments come amid fears that next week’s reopening could be affected by the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.


Today, there were 2,180 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland with almost 20,000 announced in the past two weeks.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that although the figures were “a cause of concern”, he insisted that the government would not press the panic button while adding that no decision has been made yet in relation to next week’s reopening.

However, Martin suggested that one measure that could be extended is the use of vaccine certificates for pubs and restaurants, adding that there isn’t much left to reopen.


“There are a variety of options we can look at and that is what we are going to do but I don’t want to speculate unduly because I think it is better we make a comprehensive decision on foot of the advice we get next week in relation to that.”

Currently, Ireland is administering third vaccine shots to people who are immunocompromised and people who are over the age of 80, with people over the age of 65 who are in residential care.

However, Martin has already written to the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) about a wider vaccine rollout.

IMAGE – “201214-D-BN624-0811″ (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense/”File:Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020 (50051632532).jpg” by Houses of the Oireachtas from Ireland is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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