Thursday, 21 January 2021

Ceisteanna (319)

Seán Crowe

Ceist:

319. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Health the full list of duties and responsibilities that the Secretary General of the Department of Health has in the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. [3001/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As Accounting Officer, the Secretary General of the Department of Health has specific obligations and responsibilities in relation to accountability to the Oireachtas for the work and expenditure of the Department of Health, including overseeing major decisions on investment for the health sector.

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

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.

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