Written answers

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Department of Health

Vaccination Programme

Paul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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332. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in Denmark (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10925/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Ireland is participating in a Procurement Exercise being operated by the European Commission on behalf of Member States to procure suitable, safe and effective vaccines, in sufficient quantities, to combat COVID-19. Six APAs have been negotiated by the Commission under this process to date. Government has also indicated its intention to procure additional vaccine supplies from Valneva and Novavax.

Overall, Ireland’s current opted-in portfolio of vaccines includes a total of 18.48m doses across 7 manufacturers. This is enough to fully vaccinate over 10 million people.

Different countries are approaching implementation of vaccination programmes according to their own resources, plans and priorities.

The Government is committed to the timely implementation of a COVID-19 immunisation programme. The only substantive limitation on the pace of implementation will be supply. As more vaccines are approved and arrive, the delivery schedules and completion timelines currently being suggested may change.

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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333. To ask the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to ensure that arrangements are in place for administration of the Covid-19 vaccine when numbers are expected to reach 1.2 million per month in April, May and June 2021; the number of staff being recruited; the date they are expected to be in their post; the number of vaccines which will be in use; and the intended daily capacity in terms of number of vaccines administered. [10931/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

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