Covid 19 Vaccinations 18/05/21

The Covid19 vaccine programme  is continuing at Woodview Family Doctors.    We are coming towards the end of the vaccine programme for our patients aged 70 years of age and over.

We continue to vaccinate according to strict Government guidelines.   We are expecting to move on to the next cohorts of patients in the next few weeks, in line with HSE guidance.

If you are aged between  60 -69 years of age the following are the HSE guidelines.

• Please contact HSE Vaccine Registration on hse.ie or the HSE Live Helpline (1850 24 1850) to register on a portal.  Your vaccine appointment will be allocated promptly through the portal;

• GPs have NO role in vaccinating patients aged 60-69 and we CANNOT offer this age group of patients any alternative pathway for another vaccine;

• HSE are NOT supplying GPs with vaccines for this age group.

The next identified cohort of patients aged between 18 and 59 years of age  are those in Group 4 – people at very high risk of severe Covid-19.  Please see link below:-

https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout/rollout.html#group4

This group includes:-

  • Diabetic patients with HbA1c >= 58 mmol/mol
  • Patients with BMI >40 kg/m2
  • Patients with very severe chronic respiratory disease (COPD, Cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis) requiring home oxygen or hospital admission related to their lung condition in the past year.

All other patients in Group 4 (cancer patients currently on treatment, renal dialysis, Down syndrome, sickle cell disease) are expected to be vaccinated through the hospital services.  Most immunocompromised patients due to disease or  treatments (e.g. methotrexate) are in Group 7 (see below), however a small number are included in Group 4.  These patients include post solid organ transplant, stem cell transplant in the past 12 months or genetic immune deficiencies.  Vaccination for Group 4 patients is expected to commence in late April/early May.

Vaccination for Group 7 patients will closely follow on from vaccination of Group 4 patients.  Information about this group is in link below

https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout/rollout.html#group7

Group 7 includes patients on immunosuppression therapies (e.g. methotrexate), chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes with HbA1c <58 mmol/mol.

If you currently pregnant <36 weeks the CUMH is compiling a database of names for antenatal Covid19 vaccination.  You need to telephone CUMH reception on 021 4920 500 and ask to speak to the Covid19 vaccination midwife who is co-ordinating these appointments.

Before the 20th May, 2021 if you are in Group 4 or Group 7, and have not already received your vaccine, please  email the surgery on admin@woodviewfamilydoctors.ie with your name, date of birth and underlying health condition.  We will use this information to confirm that you are on our list of patients in Groups 4 and 7 and we will contact you when your vaccine is available for administration.   If you do not qualify for either Group 4 or Group 7, then you will have to register on the HSE vaccine portal with their rollout.

Please note that after the 20th May, 2021 we will no longer be in a position to add patient details to our  cohort of patients for vaccinations at Woodview.

There is no discretion whatsoever for us to vaccinate any patient with an underlying medical condition unless they fall into the above groups;

We will update our website regularly when we have further information.

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