Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
NPHET projections did not take into account the impact of the NIAC advice to cut second dose times to 4 weeks and to allow 18-49 year-olds get AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines, @CMOIreland tell Opposition leaders
In 2020, we had indoor dining and drinking when no vaccination process existed.
In 2021, with 4 million vaccine doses delivered, we cannot open pubs and restaurants and Nphet saying they are opposed to it in any form until end of Sept unless people can say they are inoculated?
I understand that Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD told Cabinet on Tuesday that modelling did factor in changes to vaccine rollout as advised by NIAC, this is in direct conflict with what @CMOIreland has told Opposition leaders this afternoon
The Chief Medical Officer is said to have rejected the idea that testing rather than full vaccinations could be used to allow for the reopening of indoor hospitality, when he briefed opposition leaders today.
The Hospitality Forum meeting has ended. The Restaurants Association of Ireland said it was “constructive”, and welcomed the Govts direct engagement. Adrian Cummins said there was “an urgency” to get indoor hospitality up and running, and government had listened. @rtenews
Dr Tony Holohan says a recent study, in which people were tested with both PCR and antigen, showed just 52% of positive cases were picked up by rapid antigen tests in asymptomatic people. | Live updates: https://t.co/4OK6Ul3DqJpic.twitter.com/sBvfw8EkZ4
Given the establishment of another task force on Shannon and the failure to implement previous reports on aviation and on #antigen testing, I asked the Taoiseach who’s running the country and for whose benefit. pic.twitter.com/LFZyxQntpa
Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan; ‘Worry Index’
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said new research shows that people are feeling less worried about Covid-19 and warned this may cause them to drop their guard.
It follows the reporting of an additional 252 cases of the disease but no further coronavirus-related deaths.
Dr Tony Holohan said the latest study by Amárach showed that the worry level has reduced and is now similar to levels last seen in July.
A third of those surveyed said they thought the worst is yet to come but 28% believed the worst was behind us – which the National Public Health Emergency Team considers “significant” he told a media briefing.
Dr Holohan said: “It’s not that we want people to be worried but we do think there is a correlation between people’s level of concern and ultimately the behaviours that people exhibit.
“It can lead us to drop our guard from time to time in ways that we may not intend to.”
"The risk to people in this country is not arising today from the numbers coming through Dublin Airport, it's arising through all the things that are going on in this country" @CMOIreland says, adding international travel is a bigger factor when local transmission is lower. pic.twitter.com/ihywTkrSYI
From top: Christmas homecoming, Dublin Airport, 2018; Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, at the Department of Health briefing in Miesian Plaza last night
Christmas homecomings around the country’s airports are now in doubt as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned the Covid-19 risks around international travel are still “very substantial” at this time.
Dr Holohan also cautioned parents about the risks of children from different families getting together for Halloween parties.
Asked about people travelling home for Christmas and families in different countries reuniting for the festive season, he said no specific consideration by his team has yet been given to it.
“Our advice is that the risk of non-essential travel outside this country is simply too high at this moment.”