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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Vaccination rate is preventing full lockdown – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that Ireland’s high vaccination rate is preventing the country from currently going into lockdown.

Martin encouraged those in the hospitality sector to embrace compliance when it comes to the checking of Covid-19 Digital Certificates, adding that it is a very basic requirement.


Martin said: “I am concerned about the increase in numbers as they have risen significantly in the last two weeks. We had numbers yesterday of 2,300. Those are very high numbers that prior to the vaccination era would have necessitated a full lockdown.”

“I’m primarily worried about those numbers in respect of the impact on human life and health, and that’s the bottom line. So, we all have to really collectively behave, because if the virus goes unchecked, it does impede our capacity to go about normal life as we would like to,” he continued.

He went on to say that Ireland is in a better position than many European countries due to the high vaccination rate, which is helping prevent severe illness and death.


Martin further said the booster programme will be very important throughout the winter months, particularly in older age cohorts.

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)


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