Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.
Public Health Measures
You can find information here about the public health measures in place.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide. More than 3.6 million vaccines have been administered in Ireland. We are grateful to all of our colleagues and partners, and to the public, for taking part and making this happen.
For updates and information on each of the vaccine allocation groups, and when and where they’ll be invited for their vaccine, please visit www.hse.ie/rollout.
Registration for people aged 35 to 69
We’re inviting people aged 35 to 69 to register now.
If you cannot register online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.
Groups currently being vaccinated
The groups currently being vaccinated against COVID-19 are:
- people aged 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities (Group 1)
- frontline healthcare workers (Group 2)
- people aged 70 and older living in the community (Group 3)
- people aged 16 to 69 who are at very high risk (Group 4)
- people aged 65 to 69, including those at high risk (Groups 5 and 6)
- people aged 16 to 64 who are at high risk (Group 7)
We are also vaccinating:
- pregnant women over 14 weeks – you can find more information here
- socially vulnerable adults
- people aged 40-69 who have registered for their vaccine.
GP referral for people in Vaccine Allocation Group 7
The referral pathway for those GP practices that were not participating in the vaccination of those in vaccine allocation group 7 is now up and running.
We can do this – updated campaign
Information on the HSE’s updated ‘We can do this’ campaign is attached, including details on how you and your organisation can help support the campaign and share the message. The campaign first launched in March 2021. It encourages us to continue to keep our distance, wear face coverings, keep our hands clean and get a COVID-19 test as soon as we notice any symptoms.
The June 2021 revision of the ad reflects the mood of a nation that is getting back to friends and family and enjoying the benefits of our collective efforts to slow the spread of the virus, while reminding us of the importance of continuing to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus- #ForUsAll.
You can view and share the ad at this link: https://youtu.be/iU5EgeM5g2U
Vaccine advertising in other languages
In our latest advertising campaign we are pleased to feature advertising in other languages. ads calling people in the current age groups to register for their vaccine are running on community radio in languages including Italian, Spanish, French, Polish, Punjab, Urdu, and Russian.
Ads will also be shared across other platforms including TuneIn and Spotify, where dynamic audio will allow us to pick up the language setting on a person’s phone to deliver a suitable ad.
Full page ads highlighting vaccine information and registration were published in Russian (Nasha Gazeta), Lithuanian (Lietuvis) and Polish (Nasz Glos ) papers this month.
Janssen vaccine available from some pharmacies
Many pharmacies are now offering the Janssen single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 50 or over who have not been vaccinated yet. Find a pharmacy to book your vaccine appointment here.
AstraZeneca vaccine second dose
The AstraZeneca vaccine is a two dose vaccine. Please attend for your second AstraZeneca dose when invited. This gives increased and longer lasting protection against COVID-19 including the Delta variant now circulating widely in the UK.
Anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine should get their second dose 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose. If more than 12 weeks has passed since your first dose and you have not received your second dose, you can phone HSELive on 1800 700 700.
You can read more here.
Please help support COVID vaccines #ForUsAll by adding a #Twibbon to your social media
Why get the COVID-19 vaccine? Get it for yourself, your family, your friends and #ForUsAll
You can now download a Twibbon to use on your social media profile to show your support for COVID-19 vaccines. There are two Twibbons to choose from:
After you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are vaccine protected
When your vaccine has had time to work, you can do some things that were not recommended before you were vaccinated. You can find more information here.
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:
- Check hse.ie/covid19vaccine for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
- Find the vaccine information materials at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerials
- Details on getting the COVID-19 vaccine is updated regularly here
- Details on COVID-19 vaccines administered are available here
- Read the full COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy
- Read the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Chapter about COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine information for health professionals
HSE Cyber Security Incident Update
As you’ll be aware, our health service has been targeted by a criminal cyber-attack.
What does this mean?
While good progress has been made in restoring some of our systems, services around the country are continuing to see significant impacts and disruptions to services. Healthlink, which provides an interface between the HSE and the GP community, has had functionality restored and GPs can now send information to the HSE on their vaccination progress, and other important services.
Visit the HSE website service updates page for regularly updated information about service changes and follow our updates in the news and on HSE social media channels.
COVID-19 Testing – Online Booking System
We have a COVID-19 test online booking system for some testing centres. To book a test, log on to our system here. You can also show up without an appointment, but you may not have to wait as long if you book online.
Full details of how to get tested are available here.
New videos released to increase awareness and adoption of skin cancer preventative behaviours
The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) in association with HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), University of Limerick Hospital Group (ULHG), and the Healthy Ireland SunSmart campaign have launched five video animations, to encourage people to build SunSmart behaviours into their everyday routine, especially from April – September when the intensity of sunburn producing ultraviolet radiation (UV) is greatest.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland, with over 13,000 cases diagnosed annually. This is twice the number compared to 10 years ago and is projected to more than double again by 2045. Yet, most skin cancers could be prevented.
The videos highlight key skin cancer preventative behaviours and focus on four priority groups: children and young people; outdoor workers; those who participate in outdoor leisure activities; and sunbed users. The videos encourage people to follow the SunSmart 5 S’s: Slip-on clothing that covers your skin, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, Seek shade, and Slide on sunglasses.
You can view the videos for the various audiences below:
- SunSmart for Everyone
- SunSmart for Outdoor Workers
- SunSmart for Children and Young People
- SunSmart for Outdoor Leisure
- SunSmart for Sunbeds
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