Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (11)

Holly Cairns

Question:

11. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if employees of his Department have received Covid-19 vaccines due to their role in the Department; if so, the rationale for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2398/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

The Government published the national COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy on 15th December 2020. The Strategy outlines Ireland’s high-level plan for safe, effective and efficient vaccination on a phased basis across different categories of our population while safeguarding continued provision of health and social care services.

The Deputy will be aware that the first COVID-19 vaccines to be administered in Ireland commenced at the end of December 2020. The initial priority is focusing on those most at risk such as those in full-time residential care, people aged 70 and above, and to frontline medical personnel.

To date no member of staff in the Department or its Offices has received a vaccination specifically for the purpose of undertaking their official duties.