2021/2022 Flu Vaccine and Covid-19 Booster Vaccine

Ardara Health Centre will be contacting all those 65 years and over to offer an appointment for the Flu vaccine. Those over 80 years will also be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine.

The vaccination Clinic will be on the morning of Friday 8th October 2021.

We expect to make these phone calls on Saturday morning 02.10.2021 and on Monday afternoon 04.10.2021. We will be using our database from last years Flu vaccinations and our Covid-19 database from earlier this year to source possible recipients.

Please try not to phone the surgery number in relation to these vaccinations, if you have not been contacted by Monday evening use the link below to register for register for the Flu vaccine. https://ardaraprimarycarecentre.ie/flu2021.html

HSE Updates

Our highlight communications updates for you from this week are:

-Over 91% of people aged 16+ are fully vaccinated, and over 90% of people aged 12+ have received at least 1 dose. Registrations and vaccinations are ongoing.

-An additional COVID-19 vaccination dose for those who are immunocompromised is beginning to be offered. This is for people whose immune system is weak due to a health condition or a specific treatment. Please find further information below.

-A booster dose of the COVID-10 vaccine for people aged 80 and over who are living in the family home, and people aged 65 and over who are living in long-term residential care will begin from October 4th onward. Please find further information below.

-Pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccineit is safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy. Guidance has changed on doses during pregnancy because there is more evidence available.You can find more information here.

-Flu Vaccines: The HSE is encouraging people aged 65 and over, and all healthcare workers to come forward for their annual flu vaccine. The flu vaccine can be safely given at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s free of charge from the GP, Pharmacist, or your workplace if you work in healthcare. See www.hse.ie/flu for more, and further information below.

Public Health Measures

You can find information here about the public health measures in place.

You can find the public health measures here

Additional COVID-19 vaccination dose for those who are immunocompromised

Having a weak immune system puts you at higher risk of serious illness if you get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated will give you some protection against this.

If you have a weak immune system, you may be offered another COVID-19 vaccine dose to give you better protection.

You can find information on who may need an additional COVID-10 vaccine dose here.

Hospitals will identify the people who need an additional dose. You do not need to register of contact anyone. People who need an additional dose will receive a text message with an appointment for their vaccine.

These additional doses will be given through HSE vaccination centre near you, or your hospital if you’re an inpatient. GPs may also vaccinate some people.

COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine course, you will be offered a booster dose if you are:

-80 or older, or

-65 or older and living in a nursing home or long-term residential care facility

If you are aged 65 or over, and live in residential care, you will be vaccinated by the care team where you live.

If you are aged 80 or over and not living in residential care, you’ll be invited for your vaccine by your GP during the next few weeks. Some GPs will refer patients to a vaccination centre.

If you are aged 65 to 79 and do not live in long-term residential care, you do not need a booster dose at this time.

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose here.

Pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccine

You should get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself from the virus if you’re:

·         pregnant

·         trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

·         breastfeeding

You will need 2 doses of your COVID-19 vaccine.

It is safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy.

Guidance has changed on doses during pregnancy because there is more evidence available.

You should get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered, following a discussion with your midwife, GP or obstetrician.

You can find more information here.

Mixed vaccines doses

People who received a first dose of AstraZeneca can now receive an mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccine as their second dose. NIAC recommends that receiving two doses of the same vaccine are preferred for all age groups, where possible. You can read more about this here. Dose 2 walk-in vaccination clinics for people who wish to get an mRNA vaccine after their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are listed here.

COVID-19 Testing – Online Booking System

Full details of how to get tested are available here.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing – Online System

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will get a text message. This will include a link to a website where you can upload contact details for your close contacts. If you do not use the website, a contact tracer will phone you to collect the details. You can find out more about close contacts here

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme 

You can find the latest information on vaccines administered here.

Face covering exemption cards

The HSE National Disability Services team have developed a limited number of “face covering exemption cards” for individuals who have a condition that makes them unable to wear a face covering as per the Government guidelines (in retail and health centres and on public transport). An application to receive a card can be made by an individual or Provider Organisation by emailing disabilitiesqi@hse.ie. In the event of an application for an individual, validation will be sought regarding the condition that the applicant is using to apply for the card.

Vaccines are making a difference

Every COVID-19 vaccine makes a difference, helping to reduce the amount of severe illness caused by COVID-19. We thank everyone who has already had their COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t registered yet, or someone in your network has yet to do so, they can:

·         Check hse.ie for answers they can trust about the COVID-19 vaccines

·         Talk to a pharmacist or GP – many are giving mRNA vaccines

·         Call HSElive on 1800 700 700


·         Register online at hse.ie

Because every vaccine makes a difference #ForUsAll.

12 to 15 year olds

12 to 15 year olds can attend walk in vaccination clinics. You can find more information here. Children aged 12 to 15 must attend with their parent or guardian.

We’re inviting parents of children aged 12 to 15 to register their children now. All children in this age group are being offered a vaccine but we particularly recommend that they get vaccinated if they:

·         have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19

·         live with someone who is at higher risk of COVID-19

Parents can read more about the benefits and risk of vaccination for their children here.

Register online to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Read the user guide for help with registering online.

Find information here on who can give consent for vaccination of a young person aged under 16 years

If you cannot register online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.

Find a pharmacy giving COVID-19 vaccines

Many pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 12 and over. Find a pharmacy to book your vaccine appointment. 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 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 

·         Information in Irish Sign Language: information resources on the COVID-19 vaccines in Irish  Sign Language are available here.

·         COVID-19 vaccines easy read and accessible information formats are available here.

Information for Parents about the changes to contact tracing and testing for children aged between 3 months and 13 years in Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC), education (primary school), sports and social settings

This guidance is available here.

FAQs for School Principals, Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) Managers or those hosting sports/social activities for children ages 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school 

This guidance is available here.

Isolation quick guide: adults and children from their 13th birthday

This guidance is available here.

Flu vaccine

It’s flu season so if you’re 65 or over, it’s time to get your annual flu vaccine.

While anyone can catch the flu, people aged 65 or older are more at risk of getting seriously ill or needing hospital treatment. So make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist today. Learn more: hse.ie/flu and please see the attached campaign pack with information and images to share with your networks.

BreastCheck information campaign

The new BreastCheck campaign commenced in September and continues through October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign is aimed at women aged 50-69, who are eligible for breast screening, and explains that there are delays to BreastCheck appointments due to COVID-19. The campaign encourages women to be breast aware and to know the symptoms of breast cancer. It’s important to remind women that if they have symptoms, they should contact a GP without delay. Please see the partner pack attached for further information. We would be grateful for your help in sharing this information to your networks, colleagues and members.


The HSE is inviting people who smoke to take the 28-day no smoking challenge this October

and join thousands  of others who have already  used the HSE QUIT service  to quit smoking in 2021. Please find attached a campaign partner pack. We would be grateful if you would help share the campaign messages.

Overweight & Obesity Webinar… Let’s Talk – 7th October 2021

This virtual event, takes place on 7th October, starting at 3pm and is hosted by the HSE National Obesity Clinical Programme and the ASOI. Registration is free.Learn what training and resources are available nationally to help you support adults, children, and young people with overweight and obesity. For more details and to register, please find information here.

Engaging Men Webinar: ‘The What of Men’s Health’

Engaging Men Webinar: ‘The What of Men’s Health’ will take place on the 29th September from 12 to 13.15 pm. The webinar will include the Men’s Development Network, the Marie Keating Foundation, Waterford Sports Partnership and the Irish Heart Foundation, all highlighting their work and experience in working with men. You can register for the webinar here.


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