Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan has tested negative for Covid-19.
Following his initial positive test result for Covid-19 yesterday (Saturday), the HSE recommended a second test.
He took a precautionary PCR test on Friday as organisers of COP26 recommended before travel and received the result yesterday (Saturday).
In a statement this afternoon (Sunday, November 7th), a spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, said:
“This result of this test showed that Covid-19 was not detected. The public health advice in this instance is that the case is de-notified, close contacts are informed and the person can continue about their business.”
“Minister Ryan now plans to travel to Glasgow for COP26 tomorrow (Monday).”
“Minister Ryan has not been symptomatic at any point. He underwent the initial test as a precautionary measure as recommended by the organisers of COP26.”
“On receipt of the initial result, he followed all HSE protocols, including self-isolation and informing close contacts.”
Minister Ryan has updated the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and the Secretary to the Government with this information.
Covid-19 booster vaccines for 60s and over
From Friday, November 5th, 2021, the HSE offers a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose to people 60 years and older.
The move comes following recommendations from NIAC.
People in this group will receive an SMS with an appointment for their booster dose.
The HSE encourages everyone to avail of the booster dose when offered.
If you are 60 and over, the HSE will contact you to arrange an appointment to attend an HSE vaccination centre for your booster vaccine.
The HSE recommends you get your booster dose at least six months after your primary vaccination course.
People will also need an appointment to receive a booster dose. You cannot get a booster COVID-19 vaccine dose at a walk-in clinic.
If you cannot attend your appointment, you can reschedule by replying to the text message the HSE sent you with the word ‘New’.
The HSE will issue you another appointment. Alternatively, contact HSElive on: 1800 700 700.