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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Ceisteanna (1726)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

1726. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health his plans to remove the UAE from the MHQ or to exempt those Irish citizens who have received a vaccine (details supplied) from MHQ considering it is approved by the World Health Organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35198/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The United Arab Emirates was removed from the list of designated states on Friday, 16 July 2021.

Ireland procures COVID-19 vaccines through its participation in an EU procurement process and their approval is by the Commission following recommendation by the EMA.

At present, the Sinopharm vaccine has not received EMA approval.

COVID-19 vaccines can only be approved and used if they comply with all the requirements of quality, safety and efficacy set out in the EU pharmaceutical legislation. No vaccine will be used until Market authorisation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is obtained and any authorised vaccine will be subject to ongoing monitoring in Ireland by the Health Product Regulatory Authority (HPRA).

Passengers who are fully vaccinated in accordance with the table below and have the documents to confirm this are not required to complete mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in Ireland. Dependents, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.

What 'fully vaccinated' means:

A full course of any one of the following vaccines

Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)

7 days

2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)

14 days

2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)

15 days

1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

14 days

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