Vaccine Rollout Update
- Update to vaccine rollout for patients aged 60-69 – These patients will now be vaccinated with Astra Zeneca in mass vaccine clinics, regardless of risk category and are invited to register on the HSE portal, starting 15th April, please see further information and registration link here.
- We will be vaccinating Cohort 4 & 7 aged 18-59 with Pfizer vaccine in General Practice from late April/May – if you feel you are in one of these groups and have not contacted us, please read the eligibility criteria carefully and complete the contact form so we can tell you if you are in Cohort 4 or 7 and include you on our vaccine list.
- Please note, we will not be able to accommodate patients in the 60-69 group who would prefer the Pfizer vaccine over Astra Zeneca, there is no choice at present in vaccines and we would encourage everyone to take the vaccine they are offered. Astra Zeneca is proven to be safe and effective, particularly in the population over 60 that it is being rolled out in, we would strongly encourage our patients to take it when offered.
Please note: we are receiving a lot of queries at present, we would be grateful if you could read all the below information before contacting the practice for further information. If you need medical advice regarding whether you should take the vaccine or not or the vaccine you have been offered through the hospital system, please schedule a phone consultation with one of the doctors.
Coronavirus Vaccination Information
If we have additional quantities of vaccine available, we will contact our most at risk patients in the next age group for vaccination. This may happen at short notice. We have very little flexibility in appointments due to the fragility of the vaccine and the logistics of organizing these clinics.
Please note, the HSE has decided that all patients aged 60-69 (regardless of medical risk) will be vaccinated in HSE vaccination clinics and not General Practice. Please await further news on this from the HSE.
Cohort 4 and Cohort 7 GP Vaccination (aged 18-59)
Cohort 4 – late April
From lateApril, our clinic will be supporting the hospital roll-out of Cohort 4 patients to vaccinate those that do not attend the hospital or have not been invited by their hospital teams and who are aged 18-59 (patients 60-69 will be vaccinated in mass vaccination clinics, registration can be made through the online portal). We will start this process with ‘very high risk patients’ and we have been asked to prioritise patients in the following groups:
- Diabetes where the patient has HbA1c > 58mmol/mol in last 12 months
- Obesity where patients have a BMI > 40
- Chronic Respiratory Disease where patient is on home oxygen, pre or post transplantation or with a hospital admission related to disease in past year
- Patients with Prader Willi syndrome
We will have a small amount of capacity for patients who have not yet been vaccinated by their hospital clinics. A full list of qualifying illnesses can be found lower down on this page. If you are in Cohort 4 and have not yet been contacted for vaccination by ourselves or hospital clinic, please complete the form below. Where possible, we would encourage these vaccines to be given in hospital through specialist clinics as originally planned.
Cohort 7 – May
Once Cohort 4 is complete, we will be moving on to the next phase of vaccination in General Practice for patients aged 18-59 with medical conditions that put them at a high risk of severe disease or death. We are waiting on the exact guidance on this cohort, however gov.ie lists the categories of illness as below:
- Cancer – Haematological – within 1 -5 years, Non-haematological – within 1 year. All other cancers on non-hormonal treatment.
- Chronic heart (and vascular) disease – Chronic heart disease, for example: heart failure, hypertensive cardiac disease.
- Chronic kidney disease – Chronic kidney disease with eGFR <30ml/min.
- Chronic liver disease – for example: cirrhosis or fibrosis.
- Chronic neurological disease or condition – Chronic neurological disease or condition significantly compromising respiratory function and/or the ability to clear secretions, for example: Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy.
- Chronic respiratory disease – Other chronic respiratory disease, for example: stable cystic fibrosis, severe asthma (continuous or repeated use of systemic corticosteroids), moderate COPD.
- Diabetes – All other diabetes (Type 1 and 2).
- Immunocompromised – Immunocompromise due to disease or treatment, for example: high dose systemic steroids (as defined in Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland Chapter 3), persons living with HIV.
- Inherited metabolic diseases – Disorders of intermediary metabolism not fulfilling criteria for very high risk.
- Intellectual disability* excluding Down Syndrome (already vaccinated in Cohort4).
- Obesity – BMI >35 Kg/m2.
- Severe mental illness – for example: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression.
If you think you fall into either Cohort 4 or 7, please complete the below form so we can crosscheck your records, confirm the cohort you belong to and ensure you are listed for vaccination if appropriate. Please note, both of the above groups will be vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, which is 2 doses given 4 weeks apart. There currently is no ability to choose between vaccine types, we would encourage you to take the first vaccine you are offered to ensure you are protected from Coronavirus as soon as possible.
Covid Vaccine Cohort 4 & 7 Registration And Consent
Please complete the following form if you think you qualify for the Covid vaccine in Cohort 4 or Cohort 7 as per the instructions above. If You are eligible for vaccination and sufficient vaccines are available we will invite you for vaccination in due course.
Covid Vaccine: Further Information
There is lots of information available on the HSE and government websites about the covid vaccine rollout and the vaccines being used at the resources below:
- HSE Covid Vaccine website – this is the main hub for HSE information on the Covid vaccine rollout and has information about getting your vaccine, vaccine efficacy, safety and potential side effects.
- Simplified Easy-to-Read vaccine information on Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
- Provisional Vaccine Rollout – Information on the provisional vaccine rollout allocation from Department of Health.