Wed, 10 Aug 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland: Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland should expect to see a country-wide Covid vaccination campaign this fall, in a bid to prevent a Covid outbreak during the winter.

Also, the reimposition of wearing face masks cannot be ruled out if a serious Covid outbreak occurs, said Varadkar.

Ireland had one of the most stringent Covid restrictions in Europe, which were dropped earlier this year as Covid infections fell.

"I'm more concerned about the next wave which will come in the winter, because that will happen when we're indoors more and it might come at the same time as the flu. We haven't really had a serious flu season since 2019," said Varadkar, as reported by RTE.

"I see a very extensive COVID and flu vaccine program happening in the early autumn...and a possibility in the winter that we may ask people to wear masks again in certain settings. I don't envisage us having to bring back restrictions that cause businesses to close, but nobody can rule that out for sure."

Varadkar said he expects the committee which advises the Irish government on COVID-19 vaccinations to recommend a nationwide widespread booster program.

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