According to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is reviewing whether Covid-19 testing should be carried out on primary school children.
This comes as the Tánaiste said that antigen testing may be used at primary schools if a confirmed case has been reported in a pod.
Varadkar said that it “might make sense” to use antigen testing in primary schools while adding that NPHET is currently reviewing it.
National Lead for Testing and Tracing at the HSE Niamh O’Beirne stated that there was insufficient evidence to support antigen testing in schools, despite the Tánaiste’s comments.
While speaking at the opening of a food production hub in Monaghan, Varadkar said that he didn’t want to see the exclusion of children who did not display Covid-19 symptoms.
“Excluding children from school for 10 days, when they weren’t unwell, when they probably didn’t have Covid, wasn’t particularly beneficial from a public health point of view, and hugely disruptive, disruptive for a child’s education and for their families as well,”.
According to the Independent.ie, Varadkar was asked if by saying antigen testing ‘might be implemented’ while the HSE were saying that there’s insufficient evidence, could it potentially be sending perplexing messages to parents and teachers to which he responded by saying that the difficulty with Covid-19 is that it is an evolving situation.
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