COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and we have administered a total of 161,500 Covid-19 vaccines (up to 24th January), which means that 3% of our population has received a first vaccination. As planned, the HSE completed the first series of vaccinations (Dose 1) in nursing homes on the 24th January.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information for those aged 85 and over
Please find below the information for those aged 85 and over, which will be shared in the media (radio, press and tv) beginning the 1st February 2021:
If you’re aged 85 or over, you’ll be offered a free COVID-19 vaccine next.
You don’t need to register in advance.
As soon as your vaccine is available, your GP will let you know.
Everyone else will be offered the vaccine when it’s their turn.
If you have questions about your COVID-19 vaccine, we have answers you can trust on hse.ie. Or you can call HSElive on 1850 24 1850.
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
- Check hse.ie/covid19vaccine for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
- Find the vaccine information materials at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerials
- Details on getting the COVID-19 vaccine is updated regularly here
- Read the full COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy
- Read the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Chapter about COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine information for health professionals
You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
Face coverings are now mandatory in retail outlets, banks, credit unions and post offices, in taxis, in bus and rail stations, on public transport and for workers in customer facing roles in cafés, bars and restaurants. You can find the latest information on face coverings here.
Healthy Ireland and sponsorship of Operation Transformation
The ‘Keep Well’ cross-Government community resilience campaign co-ordinated by Healthy Ireland and funded by Slaintecare is sponsoring Operation Transformation this year.
The programme goes out at 9.30 on Wednesday nights on RTE 1 TV and will be on air over the coming weeks.
Operation Transformation is a TV series on RTE 1 encouraging the Irish public to get active and get healthy. Over the course of the show it gives the nation the tools they need to get moving, lose weight and feel great. It is however much more than a TV programme – it is an empowering movement with the ability to have a significant impact on the behaviours we need to change. The viewership for the last 3 weeks has been greater than 400,000 viewers per episode.
The leaders and themes are supported across the Healthy Ireland social media channels, in particular Facebook and also a series of helpful videos, similar to above. The Healthy Ireland team would be grateful if you would share this information across your social channels.
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please also check the Healthy Ireland site here with further resources and information on the Keep Well campaign.
You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.
Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.
The COVID-19 vaccine is here, and the HSE is starting to roll it out across the country.
The COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19 and should also protect you from the serious complications of the illness. If people are vaccinated, it should reduce the numbers who become seriously ill or even die from COVID-19 in our community. Click below for further information:
Covid-19 continues to significantly impact on all our health and wellbeing. Vaccination will play an important role in reducing community contact and reducing the severity of disease.
Everyone is encouraged to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source . The HSE website on www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine is a good place to start, and you can find the vaccine information materials at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerialsPlease be sure that you have the information you need .COVID-19 Vaccine English
Download the COVID Tracker App
The HSE has created a free smartphone app to help improve contact tracing for COVID-19.
The app will make contact tracing faster and more accurate, reducing the spread of coronavirus.
If you use the app, you can:
- Get an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
- Alert others if you test positive for coronavirus. This will help keep other people safe.
- Track your symptoms and get advice on what to do if you’re sick.
- Get regular updates, and protect yourself and others as we learn to live with COVID-19.
The app protects your privacy and you keep control of your information. It exchanges secure, anonymous records via Bluetooth when people using it are in close contact with each other. It will never identify you to other app users and you cannot access each other’s information.