Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Department of Health
560. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the issuance of Covid-19 passes including booster updates via paper copy sent by post as the default for those over the age of 65; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3035/22]
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a document which is issued to help facilitate the safe and free international movement of people across the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the rollout of the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Ireland, and the successful COVID Booster Vaccination Programme, updated Digital COVID Certificates are now issuing to those who have received an additional vaccine dose.
Individuals who have been boosted and have no email associated with their data have received a text from the HSE inviting them to apply to have their new Digital COVID Certificate sent by email or issued via post.
The operational aspects of the provision of Digital COVID Certificates are subject to ongoing review in relation to effectiveness and efficiency.
561. To ask the Minister for Health if he will approve additional resources for HSE Covid-19 helplines during the period of high demand; if he will implement a waiting system that advises the user of their place in the queue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3036/22]