- We have now completed Covid vaccinations for all our patients aged over 70. if you are over 70 and have not been contacted by our practice, please contact reception.
- 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..
- We will be vaccinating Cohort 4 & 7 aged 16-59 with Pfizer vaccine in General Practice during the summer- if you feel you are in one of these groups and have not contacted us, please read the eligibility criteria carefully and contact us so we can tell you if you are in Cohort 4 or 7 and include you on our vaccine list.
- We will only be receiving a limited number of vaccines-so if you are invited to register for vaccination on the HSE portal, please do so. Take the first appointment that your are offered for your vaccination.
- The HSE is making arrangements for all pregnant women to be vaccinated .These will be done in the mass vaccination centres and not in general practice. See the following link for more information-
- if you received your first dose of vaccination elsewhere, we will NOT be able to give you your second dose. In particular, the HSE have not yet changed their guidance and so doses cannot be mixed. If your first dose was AstraZeneca, your second dose will also be Astra Zeneca.
- We will NOT be able to accommodate patients 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.
Cohort 7 GP Vaccination (aged 16-59) – updated 21/06/21
Cohort 7 – June and July 2021
Once Cohort 4 is complete, we will be moving on to the next phase of vaccination in General Practice for patients aged 16-59 with medical conditions that put them at a high risk of severe disease or death. These categories are-
- 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.
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
- Information leaflet on Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Comirnaty
- Simplified Easy-to-Read vaccine information on Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Important Vaccine Clinic Information – please read
- Please arrive at the time of your appointment and no earlier/later – we are running to a strict schedule while adhering to social distancing guidelines. If we are running ahead/behind, we will do out best to contact you accordingly.
- Please come alone for your vaccine appointment if possible.
- Please wear clothing that allows easy access to your shoulder, ie a short sleeved shirt/blouse under your jacket.
- This is a vaccine appointment only – we will not be discussing any other medical issues with you, we have to keep to a strict schedule to adhere to social distancing guidelines and required observation periods.
- Following your vaccine, you will be asked to stay in the practice for 15 minutes to monitor for any adverse reactions. If you have a history of anaphylaxis for any cause, you will be asked to remain on site for 30 minutes following the vaccine.
- We will give you an information leaflet on the day, but be assured that these are very safe vaccines. Some people will experience some side effects in the 48 hours after the vaccine, including sore arm, fever, headaches and generalized aches and pains. These can be treated with paracetamol and Nurofen and should resolve within 2-3 days. Please note a fever following vaccination is a common expected side effect but if you experience a fever lasting more than 48 hours and/or any symptoms of COVID (cough/ shortness of breath / chest tightness / loss of smell or taste) please contact the clinic.
- If you have a history of anaphylaxis to any vaccine you should let us know. If you think you may be allergic to any component of the Comirnaty vaccine, please let us know, as you may not be eligible for the vaccine. Please contact the practice to discuss this if you have concerns around vaccine allergy.
- Please ensure you continue to adhere to public health guidance regarding cough etiquette, social distancing and hand washing following your vaccination.