Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Health
342. To ask the Minister for Health if the Covid-19 vaccine will be administered to the remaining islanders under 70 years of age who are permanently resident on offshore islands, on the islands as happened in the case of the older cohort; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17858/21]
The COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy sets out a provisional list of groups for vaccination. The Strategy was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and my Department, endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020.
On the 23rdof February, I announced an update to Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy. In comprising the initial Vaccine Allocation Strategy, the NIAC listed several conditions associated with increased risk of severe disease and death. In the intervening period, national and international evidence has become available which has enabled a more detailed analysis of underlying conditions that may increase the risk of developing severe disease or death. The NIAC has now been able to more comprehensively identify those medical conditions and to distinguish between those which place a person at very high or high risk of severe disease if they contract the virus. Medical conditions and the magnitude of the risk they pose will continue to be monitored and periodically reviewed.
On the 30thof March, the Government approved a further update to the COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Strategy. Based on clinical, scientific and ethical frameworks produced by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee and my Department, following the vaccination of those most at risk, future groups will be vaccinated by age, in cohorts of 10 years (i.e., 64-55; 54-45, etc.).
The move to an age-based model better supports the programme objectives by:
- protecting those at highest risk of severe disease first, which benefits everyone most;
- facilitating planning and execution of the programme across the entire country;
- improving transparency and fairness.
Further details are available here:
343. To ask the Minister for Health the reason students who do not avail of Covid-19 vaccination will not be facilitated with clinical placements within HSE hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17861/21]
344. To ask the Minister for Health if the HPV vaccination will be made available to girls who missed out on their original vaccination; if the vaccine will be made available free of charge via their general practitioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17862/21]