Keep Irish schools closed until 90% of the population is fully vaccinated

Keep Irish schools closed until 90% of the population is fully vaccinated

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Close Schools Ireland started this petition to Government of Ireland and

We want all Irish schools to stay closed until 90% of the population is vaccinated. The health service is already struggling to cope with this surge, and further pressure will be put on it with more than 1 million set to return to school over the next few weeks.

With the Delta variant, which is 70% more transmissible and easier for teenagers to spread, now the dominant strain here, it is simply not safe for students to return. If students do return to school, Covid will spread through the schools at a previously unseen rate and, when spread to other students' vulnerable family members, could lead to severe illness and possibly death.

We are asking Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Education Norma Foley and the Government to at least consider keeping schools closed to prevent a Delta variant surge in the yet to be vaccinated population. 

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