HSE Covid19 Partner Pack Update: 16th April 2021

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Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.


Public Health Measures

Ireland continues at level 5 restrictions. New public health measures came into place on 12th April, and you can find more information here.


COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and as of 13th April 1,094,964 vaccines have been administered in Ireland. While we have largely completed vaccinations for the first 2 allocation groups, we are still working to vaccinate these groups:

Group 3
Vaccination of people aged 70 and over continues by GPs, who are now largely vaccinating the group aged 70 to 74.  Our National Ambulance Service is also providing vaccines to people aged 70 and over who cannot leave home to be vaccinated.

Group 4
Vaccinations, for people aged 16-69 with certain health conditions that put them at very high risk is underway. 76,331 vaccines were administered to people in Group 4 as of Tuesday, 13th April. Our hospital and healthcare teams continue to work to identify, contact and vaccinate people in Group 4. GPs will be vaccinating people in Group 4 who are not regularly in contact with hospitals.

Because of the recent changes in recommendations about the AstraZeneca vaccine, people aged under 60 in this group will now be offered an mRNA vaccine.

For now, people in this group don’t need to take any action. We understand that people are waiting to hear about the timing of their vaccine – your hospital, health service, or your GP will contact you when your vaccine is ready. This will continue over the next few weeks.

Group 5 and 6 – from yesterday, Thursday the 15th April, people aged between 65 and 69 can register for their COVID-19 vaccine online. we are asking people to register on different days depending on their age:

Registration dates and age groups

  • Friday, 16 April – people aged 68 should register
  • Saturday, 17 April – people aged 67 should register
  • Sunday, 18 April – people aged 66 should register
  • Monday, 19 April – people aged 65 should register

Register here for your vaccine

People in this age group who are registering online will need their Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), their Eircode, an email address or a mobile phone number.

A friend or family member can help If someone is finding it difficult to go online and register or they can ring HSELive for support on 1850 24 1850 or 01 240 8787 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days.

Once registered, the person will receive their vaccine appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine at a HSE Vaccination Centre. Appointment will start from Thursday, 22nd April.

You can read more about the AstraZeneca Vaccine and its safety and effectiveness at this link –  https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/astrazeneca/overview.html

You can read more information about these updates on this page dedicated to the vaccine rollout – https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout/rollout.html

You can find more information about how to register here if you are Deaf or hard or hearing. 


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:


COVID-19 Webinar for Disability services including visiting guidance, vaccination implications and testing

Friday, 16th April (12-1pm)
Presented by: HSE Infection Prevention and Control Team
You can register for the webinar here.


COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Settings and other vulnerable group (social inclusion) settings

You can find the guidance here.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for family and friends (informal carers) who support people in their own homes

You can find the guidance here.

COVID-19 Guidance for Older People and Others at Risk of Severe Disease on Reducing Risk of COVID-19 Infection (See Appendix 1 for link to up to date list of who is at very high risk)

You can find the guidance here.

Reducing stress and increasing well-being webinar– how to support your team and access psychosocial supports for disability services

Friday, April 16th (11:30am–1pm)

Hosted by the HSE Disability Services, this webinar will introduce management and staff in a supervisory or staff support role in disability services to the National Psychosocial Response to COVID-19 Framework.

You can register for the webinar here.

Engaging Men’s Health Webinar Series

Taking place on 29th April from 12-1pm, hear from experts in the field of men’s health and men themselves about why we need to improve men’s health and how you can help. Please register here for the Engaging Men Webinar Series.


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 check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

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.

If your organisation has any requests in relation to COVID-19 public health information materials, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.


Many thanks and best wishes,

COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement

HSE Communications

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