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Government considers vaccine drive for non-English speakers

According to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, the government is considering a campaign that focuses on increasing vaccine uptake for non-English speakers.

Although the HSE has been providing vaccine information in various languages, Varadkar says that a more targeted campaign is necessary.

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This comes as the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed that the lowest vaccine rates in Ireland were among Eastern Europeans working in the country who have a 44% vaccination rate.

This is quite significant when compared to Western Europeans who have a 67% vaccination rate while Irish nationals have a 90% vaccination rate.

The CSO revealed that low vaccine rates of 26% for nationals of EU14-27 countries working in agriculture, forestry and fishing reflected the high proportion of seasonal workers in these sectors.

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These countries are Poland, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that some countries have a higher level of vaccine resistance when compared to Ireland.

Martin stated that historic reasons may be behind this, regarding the relationship that they would have had with their state in previous years.

Translate Ireland founder and CEO Graham Clifford said that the attitudes that migrants working in the State have towards vaccines is a reflection of what’s happening in their countries.

He added that vaccine hesitancy and fear of messaging from the State is also an issue for individuals coming from the Eastern European bloc.

IMAGE – “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/”201214-D-BN624-0811″ (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense

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