REGISTRATION PORTAL FOR PATIENTS AGED 50-69 IS NOW OPEN ON HSE WEBSITE
All patients aged 50-69 can now register for their Astra Zeneca COVID Vaccine through the HSE portal, these vaccines will be done in vaccination centres and not here at the practice. Click here for more information and to register: Register to get a COVID-19 vaccine (hse.ie)
GPs have no role in the vaccination of patients aged 60-69. Patients within this age cohort, regardless of underlying health issues, are to register with the HSE Portal/Helpline for vaccination in a HSE Vaccination Centre.
PATIENTS IN COHORT 4A AND COHORT 7
We have commenced vaccinating patients within these cohorts and will continue to do so over the next few weeks – if you feel you meet the criteria for Cohort 7 which can be found here https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout and are aged between 18-59 please contact us on 01 8412460 or email us via email@example.com
GPs will have no role in vaccinating the population outside of these groups. The HSE and IMO have been very clear with us that we are not to deviate from this guidance, and we have not been given authority to override this.
SO FAR HERE AT BALBRIGGAN MEDICAL CENTRE
We have vaccinated all of our patients aged 70 and over and commenced patients in cohort 4a and 7. We expect to have second doses for all of these patients completed by the end of May.
All patients will receive their 2nd dose a month after the first and we are scheduled to complete our over 70s by the 3rd week in May.
In the meantime we have asked reception and phone staff not to discuss individual situations in order to keep our phones available for patients who may be unwell.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation in this regard and ask for your understanding during the rollout of this very complex vaccination programme.
Most Common Q&A’s
I am in my 60’s and have an underlying health condition that puts me in cohort 4 or 7, can I get the vaccine with you?
No, GPs have no role in the vaccination of patients aged 60-69. Patients within this age cohort, regardless of underlying health issues, are to register with the HSE Portal/Helpline for vaccination in a HSE Vaccination Centre.
I and in my 60’s and don’t want the Astra Zeneca vaccine with the HSE, can I get the Pfizer vaccine with you?
No, unfortunately we are not permitted to vaccinate any patients in this age group regardless of health issues or personal preference.
When will the vaccine be available?
At present and over the coming weeks.
Can I be put on the waiting list for it?
We do not have a waiting list however if you feel you meet the criteria for Cohort 7 and are aged between 18-59 please contact us on 01 8412460 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact our eligible patients and those in cohorts 4 or 7 aged 18-59 can register above for the vaccine.
I have an underlying condition and am aged 18-59, how will I be called for the vaccine?
We will contact our patients who are eligible by phone or text invite.
Are GPs vaccinating patients with Downs Syndrome?
Patients with Downs Syndrome will be vaccinated in disability services through HSE community teams.
I am pregnant, should I get the vaccine?
Please refer to the following document which should answer any questions you have: Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women and the Covid Vaccine
Which vaccine is available at the surgery?
The Pfizer vaccine.
Is there a charge for the vaccine?
No. The vaccine will be free to patients, we will need your PPS number to give it.
Can I pay and get it sooner?
No. The vaccine will not be available privately.