Posted 114 days ago
Ireland has torn up its regime of vaccine passes after six months, putting an end to discrimination against the unvaccinated within the country.
After around six months of the system’s operation, Ireland will once again allow the unjabbed to access services such as indoor dining in restaurants and bars.
The passes were first introduced in the country in June of last year, blocking unvaccinated individuals who had not recently recovered from the Chinese Coronavirus from the likes of restaurants and cinemas, as well as from visiting nursing homes.
According to a report by the Irish Independent, the passes have now been scrapped for all domestic venues and activities, with the nation’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Micheál Martin, saying that the measures are no longer required.
“I think we’re into a new phase of the pandemic, which is the phase that the type of restrictions that we’ve imposed in the previous phases is no longer required,” the publication reported Martin as saying.
“Spring is coming and I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to one as much as I’m looking forward to this one,” the prime minister also noted.
Many in the country have been celebrating the news, with an image of a ripped up EU COVID cert posted by the director of the Iona Institute, David Quinn, receiving over a thousand likes on social media.
However, a number of politicians have since cautioned the public regarding the scrapping of measures, with Prime Minister Martin warning that there may be “further twists” in the pandemic.
This cautious sentiment was echoed by the nation’s Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar.
“Immunity will wane – it always does. There will be more variants of concern and there will be another winter so you could envisage a scenario whereby we have a sixth, seventh, eight, ninth, tenth wave,” Varadk... (Read more)