Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (1708, 1744)

David Cullinane

Question:

1708. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if arrangements are in place to ensure that cross-Border workers who are resident here who require the Covid-19 vaccination to maintain employment in Northern Ireland are not penalised for the difference in speed of the roll-out between jurisdictions; the communication he has had with Government colleagues or the Executive in Northern Ireland on the matter; the Departments which would be responsible for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15182/21]

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Thomas Pringle

Question:

1744. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if cross-Border workers that reside here and work in Northern Ireland will be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15289/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1708 and 1744 together.

Ireland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme strategy is to distribute all available vaccines as quickly as is operationally possible, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

The programme is based on the principles of safety, effectiveness and fairness, with the objective of reducing severe illness, hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19 infection.

Vaccine are being made available without charge to all persons resident in the State.

Question No. 1709 answered with Question No. 1536.