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Get Vax if you want to participate in society, says Senator to Ireland

Irish Senator Gerry Horkan said those who wish to “participate in society” should be vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus.

Senator Gerry Horkan, a member of Fianna Fáil, a party currently in government, told Seanad Éireann – the upper house of Ireland’s parliament, roughly equivalent to the UK’s House of Lords – on Tuesday that those who wanted to “participate to society ”were to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The senator made the comments as he discussed expanding existing restrictions on unvaccinated people within the Republic of Ireland, which implemented a Covid pass regime in July this year.

Since then, only those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or who have recovered from the disease in the past six months, are allowed by law to dine indoors, with restrictions later extended to include nursing homes, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, as well as some other events.

Senator Horkan asked why the existing measures had not yet been extended.

“Why not the supermarkets? Why not public transport? asked Senator Horkan.

“If you want to participate in society, you have to be vaccinated,” the senator said, saying those who do not want to participate should stay at home.

“You are putting the rest of us at risk and you are putting the economy at risk,” he continued.

In the same session, Senator Martin Conway of Fine Gael, another coalition party, also asked why restrictions on unvaccinated people had not yet been extended.

The senator asserted that the “vaccination infrastructure” which had been built by the Irish government was not yet used “to its maximum” and that he “really felt that the covid certificate should be used much more widely”.

“I don’t understand why the covid certificate is not required to access gyms, hairdressers, hotels, events and other similar events that take place all over the country (sic),” said the senator. .

“I want to see the government come out in the next few days with increased use of the covid certificate to which the number of Irish, at 95%, have subscribed,” demanded Senator Conway, apparently referring to the percentage of Ireland. adult population vaccinated.

Current restrictions on unvaccinated people in Ireland were due to expire on October 9, but measures were extended, first until October 22 and then again afterwards, this time with no clear end date.

The Irish government was also criticized earlier in the year for a months-long ban on all religious services, bar weddings and funerals, a move called “draconian” by a Catholic archbishop in the country.

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