To inform national efforts in response to COVID-19, HIQA develops evidence summaries and syntheses to answer specific policy questions and topics posed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
Policy topic and advice provided to NPHET on 25 August 2021
The purpose of this report is to provide advice to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) in response to the following policy question:
“Should the minimum age for the application of mask wearing requirements and recommendations be reduced?”
In the context of 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. This facilitated discussion considered updates to the evidence following facilitated discussions on this topic which had been held in April 2021 and March 2021 (see below).