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Unvaccinated people should avoid international travel – NPHET

DUBLIN: The Irish government has given the go-ahead for international travel from next month, but NPHET comes with a warning against people who are not fully vaccinated.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommends that those who do not receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland avoid vacation trips to other countries. The NPHET also advised parents not to take their children on summer holiday trips because only the elderly at home are vaccinated.

CMO Holohan explained that people who do not receive the vaccine may get mixed with people in other countries who are also unvaccinated, putting them at risk of contracting other coronavirus variants. He added that it would be dangerous for such variants to enter Ireland as the country reopens, especially since indoor dining and third-level education are set to resume in the near future.

The latest Government decision is to ease restrictions on international travel from next month. Those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered after contracting COVID-19 in the last 9 months will be able to travel abroad from July 19 without a PCR test. However, the Chief Medical Officer advised people to use these exemptions prudently.

The Department of Health has confirmed 373 new COVID-19 cases in Ireland. There are 54 people being treated in hospital for COVID-19, with 18 of them in intensive care units.

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