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Covid passes may be used for hospital and nursing home visits – Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has indicated that Covid-19 vaccine passes may be used for hospital and nursing home visits.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced that they were looking for ways to operationalise the pass for people visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has first flagged the measure a number of weeks ago.

The Tánaiste spoke at Government Buildings this afternoon where he stated, “it makes a lot of sense” to incorporate the vaccine pass for hospital and nursing home visits as they are full of people who are immunocompromised.

He added that hospitals are full of people who have the virus as well, “So anything we can do to reduce the risk of the virus being introduced into hospitals makes sense to me,”.

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He said that nobody wants to be responsible for bringing the virus into a hospital while adding that the HSE is “now working at operationalising that and making it practical”.

IMAGE – “An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar” (CC BY 2.0) by LLysaght/”Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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