How to get vaccinated as the coronaviruses pandemic reaches its peak
The Irish Republic will be in lockdown for at least five weeks beginning at midnight on Friday to help contain the coronas pandemic, the health ministry said on Saturday.
The ministry said it was “working to establish a plan” to prevent people from leaving the country for up to 30 days while they wait for vaccinations.
It said it would start vaccinating all adults, children under 18, people over the age of 60 and people who have travelled overseas.
It would also vaccinate the country’s children for flu, tetanus and diphtheria.
All schools in the country are to be closed for a minimum of one day each week from midnight on Saturday until 9pm on Tuesday, with school closures to begin at 10am on Tuesday.
The closure would be followed by a “temporary lockdown” to help with the spread of the pandemic.
Children and adults aged between 12 and 60, as well as pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, are exempt from the lockdown.
The government said anyone who did not need to leave the country and does not want to be evacuated will be allowed to stay for up of 24 hours.
There will be no changes to the age restrictions for people who are already here.