Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (289)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

289. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he and his Department have coordinated the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines; the extent to which the process is smooth and effective; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7733/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to the timely implementation of a COVID-19 immunisation programme.

In this regard, a High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 was established to support my Department and the HSE in developing a national strategy and the implementation plan for the immunisation programme.

The National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which was prepared by the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination, was signed off by Cabinet on 15 December 2020.

The Department of Health has overall responsibility for policy development on matters related to COVID-19, including the Vaccine Allocation Strategy.

Operational matters, including implementation of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, is the responsibility of the HSE.