Department of Health Considering Issues Surrounding Those Unable To Vaccinate

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Issues presented by the COVID-19 pass for those unable to take a vaccine for medical reasons are being considered by the Department of Health.

The issue of medical exemptions from vaccination requirements is being considered by the Department of Health. This cohort is currently excluded from congregating at indoor settings such hospitality venues, cinemas, gyms, and other locations which require the pass. Issues presented by the COVID-19 pass for those unable to take a vaccine for medical reasons are to be discussed.

According to reports, the total number of people unable to receive a vaccine due to medical issues is currently unknown to the department, and the HSE. Current public health advice states the need for those not fully vaccinated to avoid indoor social settings for their own and others’ safety.

In recent months, however, NPHET has been considering the available actions to take in regard to advising those unable to access a COVID-19 pass. While Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claimed in October that the Government had been working on a “solution” – possibly based on testing, for this group.

Varadkar said there was “a small group of people who can’t get the vaccine for a particular reason.” People such as those who may have had an adverse reaction to their first dose, or who have been advised against taking a second dose.

In Northern Ireland, anyone who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine on medical grounds can apply for an exemption certificate. In the UK, grounds for medical exemption include end-of-life care, learning disabilities and autism, severe allergies and those who had a reaction to a first dose of vaccine.


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