Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Questions (1607)

Patrick Costello

Question:

1607. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health the details of the NIAC guidelines (details supplied) which advise the allocation of MRA vaccines to the immunocompromised; and if it will be ensured that this is made clear during daily Covid-19 briefings which to date have indicated that there is no preferential vaccine for the immunocompromised. [18423/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have recommended that mRNA vaccines should be preferentially given to those aged 16-69 years at very high or high risk who have conditions which may limit their immune response to the vaccine.

However, preferential selection of an mRNA vaccine should not result in a vaccine delay of more than 3 weeks, as any benefit of using a higher efficacy vaccine may be lost.

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.