Authorities have announced that Irish passport holders who obtained booster snapshots outside the European Union will be able to apply for a new COVID-19 certificate.
According to a Ministry of Health press release, requests to include a booster shot received outside the EU from people over 18 who hold an Irish passport and a vaccination passport indicating they have received the full initial vaccination course with approved vaccines by the authorities will be accepted. Irish, TheSchengen.com reports.
Vaccines approved for use in Ireland include:
Pfizer-Bio-N-Tech (Comernate) Vaccine Moderna (Moderna) Oxford-AstraZeneca (Vaxevera or Kovishield) Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (Janssen) Vaccine Coronavac (Sinovac) Sinopharma Pep Covacin Novavax (Novaxovid)
Commenting on the news, the Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, said he was glad that his government was able to provide the service to its citizens.
“My department, working with teams across government, is handing out new vaccine certificates to all those who have applied for the extra vaccination dose in Ireland. We continue our commitment to our Irish people who live outside the European Union and, since September, have made it possible for those with Irish passports Access to the EU’s digital COVID certificate,” Minister Donnelly noted.
The EU Commission’s decision announced at the start of the month to significantly reduce the validity of the vaccination certificate has affected about 44,000 people in Ireland, who were unable to travel because they did not receive their booster doses.
In addition, the Secretary of State for Public Procurement, Ossian Smith, added that he was happy to provide the service to citizens so that they can be further modernized and enable the Irish to travel across the 27-nation bloc in the coming months.
Colm Brophy, Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, also praised the decision, stressing that it would be easier for expats to travel to Ireland and maintain their links with the homeland by accessing the updated system.
>> Explanation of current Ireland entry rules
Currently, all travelers arriving in Ireland are required to submit a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), a vaccination certificate indicating that the initial course of immunization has taken place, a refund certificate valid for 180 days prior to travel, or a negative 72 PCR test An hour before entering Ireland.
Additionally, the state recently warned that from March 31, many local restrictions will be lifted, including the requirement to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter recreational facilities.
According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), since the start of the pandemic, Ireland has recorded more than 1,276,778 cases of COVID-19, with 30,955 cases reported in the past week.