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The purpose of this report is to provide advice to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) in response to the following policy question:

 

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"Should healthcare workers who have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine be considered for derogation from restricted movements where they are identified as close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19?"

In the context of very limited research evidence regarding a number of key factors to inform this policy question, the advice from HIQA was informed by the expert opinion of the HIQA COVID-19 Expert Advisory Group (EAG) following a facilitated discussion on the key considerations identified.