Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (300)

Holly Cairns

Question:

300. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Education if employees of her Department have received Covid-19 vaccines due to their role in the Department; if so, the rationale for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2397/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The administration of the vaccine and prioritisation of vulnerable or essential groups is a matter for the Health Service Executive. As the Deputy will be aware, the Strategy for the vaccine was developed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and Department of Health, endorsed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), and approved by Government on 8 December 2020. Sections of my Department who interact directly with the education system as part of their normal duties have relevant Covid -19 protocols in place as specified by the Health and Safety Authority.

No arrangements have been made to vaccinate employees of my department against Covid-19 at the present time.

Question No. 301 answered with Question No. 279.