Thursday, 29 April 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
This is a fraught area and it requires some discussion, including perhaps in this House. Using vaccine passports or vaccine green passes could have the benefit of allowing us to open up our society more quickly and allow more people to return to work and businesses to open. On the down side, it would create a division in our society between people who are vaccinated and people who choose not to be or cannot be vaccinated. These issues have to be teased out. If this were a temporary measure for a few months while we got a chance to be vaccinated, the majority of us would not begrudge those who were vaccinated additional freedoms or begrudge the opportunity for businesses to reopen or people to return to work. However, no one would like to see it becoming a new feature of society in the medium or long term. At the moment, the Government has no proposals to do any of this. The reopening of businesses that the House will hear about today will not be contingent on people being vaccinated, but there will be a vaccine bonus for people meeting up privately.