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Vaccination for frontline health workers update

A Health Service Executive (HSE) Communication issued today (Wednesday, 28th February) on the vaccination for frontline healthcare workers who are new employees or have not yet been vaccinated.
The communication confirms:

  • Covid-19 vaccines are available to all newly appointed Frontline Health Care Workers (FLHCW) or a FLHCW who has returned to the workplace and was not previously registered for Covid-19 vaccination on the Healthcare Worker Portal.
  • If a FLHCW meets the criteria for the cohort (age groupings) currently eligible for registration on the public portal OR in a previous cohort i.e. age is greater than or equal to the category currently being registered, then they should register on the public portal for vaccination.

If a FLHCW aged less than the current group eligible for vaccination and has not yet received a Covid-19 vaccination, then the following process should be followed: 

Contact only one of the email addresses listed below/in the attached communication i.e. the one which covers the area for your home address:

Cork, Kerry – Email here 
Waterford, South Tipperary – Email here 

Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny – Email here
Dublin South, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Wicklow – Email here 
Dublin South West, Lucan, Saggart, Rathcoole and Kildare – Email here
Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath  – Email here 
Dublin North City and County – Email here 
In addition, as per sequencing schedule, please note the groups currently being vaccinated against COVID-19 are:

  • people aged 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities (group 1)
  • frontline healthcare workers (group 2)
  • people aged 70 and older living in the community (group 3)
  • people aged 16 to 69 who are at very high risk (group 4)
  • people aged 65 to 69, including those at high risk (groups 5 and 6)
  • people aged 16 to 64 who are at high risk (group 7)

Since last Friday (23rd April) registration is open for people aged 60 to 69. 

The HSE has advised it expects to increase daily appointments to approx. 20,000 per day from next week. 

SIPTU understand 160,000 vaccines are due to be received from AstraZeneca on Friday and appointments for next week will be offered based on this delivery.

The HSE advised SIPTU representatives that it is meeting later today to consider the latest advice received from NIAC to include issues such as vaccination during pregnancy.

We expect to receive further updates on this matter and encourage you to download the SIPTU Health Division App and subscribe for regular updates.

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