The Government believes the only way a “vaccine pass” for indoor dining and drinking can be operational by July 19th is if it involves antigen testing.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said yesterday that antigen testing may be a part of the solution but it was too early to say for definite.
Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland is heading up the new rapid testing advisory group.
The Government ordered Ferguson Report called for the group to be established when it recommended the introduction of rapid tests back in April.
It also comes after the Government delayed the reopening of indoor dining until a system is in place to check whether customers are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.
It leaves Ireland as the only country in Europe without indoor dining. 8 other European countries have issued a pass for indoor dining for vaccinated people & people with a negative Antigen Test. This can be an option that the government is considering as it will be discriminatory against younger people to open indoor dining to vaccinated people only.
The Sunday Business Post says that testing will be a part of any certificate scheme when it is discussed by a working group tomorrow which will include ministers, government officials, and industry bodies.