Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (692, 828, 928)

Seán Haughey

Question:

692. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if a person in any category who has a conscientious objection to receiving one particular type of Covid-19 vaccine can opt instead for a different vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7597/21]

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Paul Kehoe

Question:

828. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health if there will be a choice or options provided with regard to Covd-19 vaccines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6856/21]

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Denise Mitchell

Question:

928. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Health if there is a provision for persons to choose which vaccine they receive if they are unwilling to take one on religious or moral grounds. [7314/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 692, 828 and 928 together.

The European Commission has to date authorised the use of three COVID-19 vaccines in Ireland following recommendation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). All of the approved vaccines comply with all the requirements of quality, safety and efficacy set out in the EU pharmaceutical legislation. In addition, authorised vaccines are subject to ongoing monitoring in Ireland by the Health Product Regulatory Authority (HPRA).

It is recommended that you accept the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you. It is not intended that a choice of vaccine will be provided.

Further information on COVID-19 vaccines can be found here:

https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine.html