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COVID VACCINATION NEWS

COVID-19 VACCINATION

There are currently plans from the HSE to distribute Covid Vaccination via GP Surgeries to patients aged 70 years and over. It is anticipated that this roll-out will begin in Mid-February 2021.This is entirely dependant on the availability of supply from the manufacturers

INITIAL DELIVERIES OF VACCINE Due to this uncertainty it is unlikely that the initial deliveries will be sufficient to cover all over 70s in the first instance.

Therefore a hierarchy has been determined by the HSE. The vaccine will first be offered to those aged 85 and over, then to those aged 80-84 years, 75-79 and so on as supply becomes available. Age is the only criteria for vaccine distribution in this phase of the roll-out as determined by the government.

Patients in the over 70 category can only receive the vaccine from their GMS registered GP (since all over 70's have entitlement to at least a GP visit card). The vaccine will not be available from Pharmacies or other GPs than your own GP. It is important therefore that if you have recently turned 70 or do not already have a medical or doctor visit card that you register for one as soon as possible.

It is also important to note that there is no 'List' for vaccination. Once the practice receives vaccines we will able to know how many of the initial cohort we are able to deliver it to.

Further details will be announced when this information is known as this situation is rapidly evolving,.

Further Information

If you are concerned that you might have contracted the Coronavirus, please DO NOT attend the practice. Please call the practice for further advice)

Further information and guidance can be found at:

Health Service Executive: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/


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