Irish teachers with Chinese-made vaccine face mandatory quarantine

Fully vaccinated Irish teachers returning from their posts in the Middle East face mandatory hotel quarantine because they received the Chinese-made version of a Covid-19 vaccine that is not recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Colm Brophy, Minister of State for Expatriate Affairs, said the situation must be looked at to take the Chinese vaccine into account.

The issue was raised at the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday by Fine Gael TD David Stanton who was contacted by a number of affected teachers.

Asked if they would face mandatory hotel quarantine despite receiving a vaccination, Mr Brophy confirmed that only EMA-approved vaccines are considered compatible.

“For those returning teachers who have been vaccinated with a Chinese vaccine, they will be required to quarantine upon their return,” he said.

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