Ireland will soon start using digital COVID-19 passport

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has confirmed that the COVID-19 digital passport will be available in Ireland from 19 July, despite concerns from some government officials. [Shutterstock/OSORIOartist]

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has confirmed that the COVID-19 digital passport will be available in Ireland from 19 July, despite concerns from some government officials.

“We will commence with this on 19 July, and significant progress has been made in that regard. There are clearly challenges, but […] progress has been made […] we’re on track,” said Martin. Martin said officials are working out details of the vaccine purchase from Romania and that his government had also been in touch with other European governments, the Irish Times reported.

“It really is picking up pace. I think we’ll be close to 50% fully vaccinated by tomorrow, so we are making a lot of progress,” he said in relation to the vaccine roll-out.

“We are very worried about Delta and numbers are increasing and the numbers reporting for testing is significantly up on this time last week,” he said, referring to the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant.

“So we are getting very clear indications that Delta is beginning to have its impact both on the number of cases and on the number of people coming forward for scheduled appointments for testing,” he added.

(Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)

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