Call for Ireland to recognise non-EMA approved jabs for expats

Fianna Fail Senator Micheal Byrne said vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be taken into account, as there were a number of vaccines that were approved by WHO but not EMA. [Shutterstock/Steve Heap]

A renewed appeal has been made for Ireland to assist Irish citizens living abroad who want to return home but have received a vaccine not accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Irish Times reported.

Fianna Fail Senator Micheal Byrne said vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be taken into account, as there were a number of vaccines that were approved by WHO but not EMA.

“This is particularly a problem for Irish citizens working, generally as teachers, engineers or other professionals, in the Middle East and other parts of the world, who would have to do mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival,” said Byrne.

“Spain, for example, will accept all EMA-approved vaccines and those approved by the World Health Organisation to meet the criteria for entry, which gives a total of eight vaccines overall. Greece and Estonia, then, will accept the vaccines which are recognised in the country of departure,” said Byrne.

According to the senator, this means they are able to bring back from Dubai people who have received vaccinations other than those approved by the EMA. (Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)

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