Thursday, 1 April 2021

Questions (377)

John Lahart


377. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health his plans for vaccine passports in regard to Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18074/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

On 17 March 2021, the European Commission published its proposal for a Regulation to introduce a ‘Digital Green Certificate’. The aim of the proposal is to facilitate free movement in the EU through a common framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of certificates relating to vaccination, testing and recovery.

Careful consideration is being given to the proposal and its many policy, infrastructural and operational implications across a number of sectors in Ireland and my Department is engaging constructively in the on-going technical discussions at EU level, in collaboration with relevant Departments, to ensure we can achieve alignment in relation to a return to international travel for non-essential purposes, as soon as it is safe to do so.