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Vaccination Programme

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 March 2021

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Questions (753)

Robert Troy


753. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the forecast date based upon current market approved vaccines only as to when the vaccination programme will be completed. [11121/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Ireland is working as part of the EU to secure a safe and stable supply of Covid-19 vaccinations and expects to receive a total of 1.25 million doses of the three currently approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca) before end March 2021.

Vaccines continue to be administered very quickly after their arrival into the country, although supply is currently limited by a number of factors including manufacturing constraints. Further significant progress will be made over the coming months, as additional quantities of vaccine supplies arrive into the country and more vaccines are approved, which will substantially increase capacity to administer vaccines and reach broader population coverage.

As vaccine rollout is wholly dependent on supply lines and on candidate vaccines obtaining approval, it is not possible at this time to determine a timeframe for completion of the vaccination programme.