The news came out this afternoon.
From Monday, hospital visitors will be asked to show their proof of vaccination or immunity. According to The Journal, "NPHET last month recommended that the Covid-19 pass should be a requirement for visiting hospitals “subject to operational feasibility”". There will be some exceptions on compassionate grounds. Visitors must now show their certs upon entry into the hospital.
Visitors will also need proof of ID that matches their cert. The HSE states: "Visitors may be asked to show some photo ID to prove that the proof of immunity is theirs. For regular visitors this need not be checked at every attendance if the staff member who is monitoring access is confident that the visitor has previously produced proof of immunity."
This comes as welcome news to doctors and nurses alike, according to The Journal. The new rule hopes to help curb the number of infections in hospitals. The healthcare system is once again under massive strain amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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