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09th Mar 2021

Irish immunologist says Ireland should follow US vaccine rules

Ireland has administered 500,000 vaccines.

Irish immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill has said that Ireland should be following the US rules concerning vaccinated members of the public.

According to the States’ Centre for Disease Control, people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are permitted to meet with other people indoors who are fully vaccinated, as well as single households who are low risk.

Prof O’Neill said this week that the Irish government should enforce the same rules for Ireland’s vaccinated population.

As of March, just over 500,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

“The CDC has issued guidance on what people who are vaccinated can do,” he wrote on Twitter. “Ireland should follow this.”

The US guidance states that people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are permitted to:

  • Visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or social distancing
  • Visit unvaccinated people who are low risk of contracting Covid and live in a single household without masks or social distancing
  • Avoid quarantining and further testing, if not exhibiting symptoms, when exposed to Covid

This comes as Taoiseach Micheál Martin said today that he was “disappointed” by some of Ireland’s vaccine supply issues.

Martin told RTÉ News that while the significant shortfall of vaccines is not ideal, the vaccination of the elderly and most vulnerable will make a difference. “When we come to the week before the fifth of April, we will examine the situation,” he said.

Ireland was initially supposed to exit Level 5 restrictions this week but the strict measures were extended last month due to consistent Covid cases.