Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Health
288. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some large community general practitioner practices have arranged safe use of community halls for administering vaccines to those over 85 years of age (details supplied); and if arrangements will be made for this model to be used which has made considerable arrangements for the safety of patients. [9193/21]
290. To ask the Minister for Health if consideration has been given to recommend giving a single vaccine shot for persons who have had Covid-19 as has been recommended in France; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9196/21]
Three Covid-19 vaccines have been authorised for use in Ireland (Pfizer/ BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca). All three vaccines are currently being administered as a two-dose schedule.
Vaccination should be deferred until clinical recovery from Covid-19 and at least four weeks after diagnosis or onset of symptoms, or four weeks from the first PCR positive specimen in those who are asymptomatic.
Vaccination is not contraindicated for those with persisting symptoms post Covid-19 unless there is evidence of recent clinical deterioration.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have not recommended changes to the schedule at present.