The safety data isn’t there yet to guide COVID-19 vaccination in children as it has only been studied on adults. The HSE will continue to provide updates on the vaccine schedule over the coming weeks and months. MDI will continue to keep an eye out for any developments relating to children and will post any updates on our social media platforms and on this website.
The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and as of 20th April 1,240,965 vaccines have been administered in Ireland.
Group 3 – aged 70 and over 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 – aged 16-69 with very high risk conditions
Vaccinations, for people aged 16-69 with certain health conditions that put them at very high risk is underway. 104,082 vaccines were administered to people in Group 4 as of Tuesday, 20th April.
If you are aged 60-69 and have a health condition that puts you at very high risk and if you haven’t been given an appointment through your hospital or healthcare team yet, please register here for your vaccine. All people aged 60-69 in Group 4 are being vaccinated through HSE vaccination centres with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are aged under 60 and have a health condition that puts you at very high risk, hospitals and healthcare teams continue to work to identify, contact and vaccinate people in this group and GPs are now starting to offer vaccine to people in this group, as they complete their patients aged 70 and over. It will take some time for GPs to identify and invite everyone. You don’t need to take any action, health services and GPs will contact their patients when it’s their turn to be vaccinated.
Group 5 and 6 – People aged 65-69, including those with high-risk conditions
We would like to remind everyone aged 60-69 to register for their COVID-19 vaccine through the HSE’s online registration system or on the phone with HSELive.
Everyone in this age group should including:
frontline healthcare workers who haven’t been given an appointment through their workplace
people aged 60-69 who have a health condition that puts them at very high risk (vaccine allocation Group 4) and who haven’t been given an appointment through their hospital or healthcare team
About 145,000 people aged 65-59 have already registered, and we’re now inviting people aged 60-64. To avoid delays, we are again asking people to register on different days depending on their age:
Registration dates and age groups
Friday, 23 April – people aged 64 should register
Saturday, 24 April – people aged 63 should register
Sunday, 25 April – people aged 62 should register
Monday, 26 April – people aged 61 should register
Tuesday, 27 April – people aged 60 should register
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.
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 Thursday the 15th April, people aged between 65 and 69 could register for their COVID-19 vaccine online. People were asked 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
All vaccination appointments on 13 April cancelled
As you may be aware, the HSE announced that all AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination appointments planned for today, Tuesday, 13 April have been cancelled. If you had an appointment to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine today, you will be contacted to rearrange your appointment.
The HSE is now assessing the impact of a decision by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommending that the AstraZeneca vaccine be limited to people over 60 years of age.
AstraZeneca vaccine to be limited to people over 60 years
The committee has advised that the vaccine be limited to use in people over 60 years. The advice is based on an assessment of the risk of rare blood clotting side effects against the benefits of the vaccine, based on age.
Receiving your second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine
NIAC have said that the AstraZeneca vaccine remains a very effective vaccine. Most people under 60, who have already received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, will receive their second dose as planned.
NIAC advises, however, that a second dose should not be given to anyone who developed unusual blood clots with low platelets after the first dose.
Those aged 60 and older should receive their second dose 12 weeks after their first jab as scheduled.
People aged under 60 with a very high-risk or high-risk medical condition should also receive their second dose 12 weeks after their first jab as scheduled.
People under 60 without a very high-risk or high-risk condition will have the interval between their doses extended to 16 weeks to allow for further assessment of the benefits and risks of the vaccine, as more evidence becomes available.
Further roll-out of AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 60-90 years
Most of the future AstraZeneca vaccines will be used just for people aged 60 to 90 years.
Full NIAC statement
You can read the statement from NIAC on the following link here.
MDI will continue to monitor official websites and keep you updated on any developments.
DFI Survey on Housing for People with Disabilities in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
All Local Authorities are responsible for reviewing and renewing their Strategic Plans for Housing People with Disabilities. This process has begun in all Local Authority areas. The Disability Federation of Ireland are seeking feedback from people with disabilities and / or their family carers in relation to their housing needs and experiences of accessing housing and/or housing adaptation grants through Local Authorities in the West. This data is anonymous and will be used to feedback into the Strategic Plans for Housing People with Disabilities within Local Authorities in the West. You can take part in the survey by following this link: https://forms.office.com/r/WVrwKzG65Q