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Double jabbed Britons welcome in Ireland on Freedom Day

Double jabbed Britons welcome in Ireland on Freedom Day

British travellers who have had both their jabs won’t have to take a covid test to enter the country, or on departure. They also won’t have to quarantine.

However, those without a double vaccinated status will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

They will then have to self isolate for a minimum of five days – if their second PCR test is negative. This is provided by Ireland’s Health Service Executive.

Travellers who test positive on their second PCR test will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Niall Gibbons, the CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We’re pleased to confirm this change in arrangements to welcome British visitors to Ireland from 19 July.

“The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone and these changes will afford many people an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for a long time.

“Ireland’s tourism industry has adopted a safety charter to ensure the wellbeing of both our guests and hospitality workers.”

Gibbons then wished “all our British friends a safe and enjoyable visit to Ireland”.

Starting on July 19, children under the age of 12 will not have to take a negative PCR test before entering Ireland.

However, those aged 12-17, who haven’t been double jabbed will have to prove a negative test upon entering the country.

Yesterday, the Irish government approved legislation allowing restaurants, pubs and cafes to serve customers indoors if they can prove they have received both jabs.

Those who have recovered from Covid in the last six months can also enjoy indoor hospitality. The new rules come into effect on 26 July.

However, the bill stirred controversy amongst politicians – only winning by six votes.

According to the BBC, Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit party said: “The health status or vaccination status of somebody should not determine their rights to access basic things in our society.

“And I say that minister as somebody who is an enthusiast – and our entire party are enthusiastic supporters of vaccination – of the vaccination programme that is happening now.

“And indeed I say it in the context of urging everybody out there who is offered a vaccine to take a vaccine because the vaccination programme is our best chance of getting out of this grim situation we’re in.”

Despite the easing of rules, the Delta variant has seen covid cases in Ireland spark.

Chief Executive of the HSE Paul Reid said although 60 percent of Ireland’s adult population are now fully vaccinated, and 75 percent are partially vaccinated, concern was still present.

However, rising cases over the last two weeks were mostly people under 45.

He said: “Now the exposure we have, is the people who haven’t been vaccinated, so that’s the new vulnerable we are dealing with.

“And the concern is two-fold. Number one, as you are not vaccinated, you are at a high level of risk, and number two, what we want to protect against is the high level of spread and transmission in the community.”

The HSE is now inviting those aged 25-29 to register for their covid vaccine.

The organisation says successfully registered users should be given an appointment within three weeks.

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Plenty of needle: Russian Premier League leaders Zenit invite fans to get jabbed with Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V at home matches

Plenty of needle: Russian Premier League leaders Zenit invite fans to get jabbed with Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V at home matches

Russian Premier League team Zenit St.Petersburg may have become the first football club to offer fans vaccinations at home matches, announcing that adults can receive the Sputnik V Covid-19 jab at games for the rest of the season.

The top-flight table-toppers have invited supporters attending the Gazprom Arena on Saturday, when they will face midtable Akhmat Grozny, to visit a “vaccination station” on the third floor of a stand at the 68,000-capacity stadium.

Under the scheme, any supporter over the age of 18 who provides their passport and health card will be assessed by a medic with a view to being vaccinated immediately.

Zenit are thought to be the first club to turn their stadium into a jabbing point on matchdays, although numerous stadiums around the world have served as testing and vaccination centers since the pandemic began.

English Premier League club Chelsea, whose community work is partly overseen by Russian owner Roman Abramovich, became one of the most high-profile teams to turn over parts of their stadium to public health efforts last year.

Among those activities, the Blues’ Stamford Bridge home in west London was used to provide accommodation and meals for UK National Health Service staff, taking advantage of the hotel adjoining the site.

Liverpool’s Anfield home and London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have also been among the venues in England to become testing centers, while the NFL commissioner offered team arenas for vaccine distribution in the US.
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The Bank of America Stadium, which usually welcomes up to 75,000 fans for Carolina Panthers games, is one of the sites already in use as American health officials scramble to vaccinate millions of people.

The Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine has become increasingly in demand worldwide after research found that it was 91.6 percent effective against the novel coronavirus, making it one of the world’s leading treatments for the potentially deadly virus.

Reports this week have suggested that some Russians are reluctant to accept the vaccine, but its distribution at Zenit’s home, which has averaged an attendance of more than 17,000 for games this season, is certain to drive up the current reported total of four million people who have been vaccinated in Russia.
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The free vaccination offer could be seen as positive news by fans who are anxious to see full houses at matches again or even return to the stands at all in countries such as England, where lockdown measures mean that most grounds have been shut to fans for more than a year.

“Would this also be something for [us] so that we can quickly get back to the stands?” asked a supporter of Dutch top-flight side Heerenveen, responding to Zenit’s announcement on social media.

Zenit are aiming to end a run of two matches without a win and recover from Monday’s defeat at Rubin Kazan on Saturday. They have won their last four home matches to put themselves two points clear of second-placed CSKA Moscow after 21 games of the Russian Premier League season.
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