Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI
The ESRI’s Professor Pete Lunn said they have found that if you take the proportion of the population each week or each day that visits a cafe, pub or restaurant, the proportion of unvaccinated people going indoors is “a little over half the proportion of the vaccinated”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, he said unvaccinated people are not getting into pubs and restaurants as much as vaccinated people are.
“But they are doing so more than half the amount, and in pubs and restaurants a bit more again,” he said.
“Not as much as vaccinated people but not far off, so they’re clearly finding places that they can get in.”
Via Irish Times:
…That a small cohort would effectively hold society hostage seems profoundly unfair to many, and how this should be tackled is an open question. This, of course, isn’t solely an Irish problem – Austria’s decision to impose lockdowns on the unvaccinated in mid-November was motivated by alarming strain on ICU capacity, driven almost entirely by those shirking vaccination. In Slovakia, Greece, and the Czech Republic similar restrictions have been imposed on vaccine-refusing cohorts for the same reason. Germany has also now introduced strict curbs on unvaccinated people.
Such measures, however, raise passionate ire, frequently decried as an infringement of liberties. But such arguments fail to recognise that others have a reasonable expectation that they should not be needlessly exposed to avoidable dangerous pathogens, nor should selfish stances be allowed imperil the freedom of others.
Such arguments also fail on another level – the unimmunised ultimately reduce the efficacy of vaccination, effectively functioning as human petri dishes. As the virus runs through them, random mutations eventually endow it with the ability to evade vaccines. The dominance of Delta and the emergency….
God they’re a sneaky bunch these unvaccinated – maybe we could set traps for them indoors with a wee bit of cheese or even peanut butter is a good one.
— B (@brianymoran) December 6, 2021
I’ve tried to be compassionate towards unvaccinated people, but I’m losing my patience now.
I don’t want to lose it, but it’s getting really thin.
— Aisling Cusack (@ashQzack) December 6, 2021