Scheduled Vaccine Dates:
The HSE are next due to deliver vaccines to the practice on the following dates:
Tuesday 18th of May: 2nd Doses for patients Over 70
Please note that these dates are subject to delivery of the vaccine as scheduled by the HSE.
Information on Vaccine Priority Lists:
We have been vaccinating patients in the practice aged over 70. Around 1500 vaccines have been given. All patients in this group should have received their 1st vaccine, with most having received 2 vaccines.
We will continue vaccinating in keeping with the HSE/ NIAC criteria and in the order we have been given permission to do.
The next priority group that are to be called are patients Group 4a: "Patients at Very High Risk of Severe COVID 19". The criteria that determine which patients meet this definition are listed here.
The following priority group after 4a that will be called are Group 7: "Patients at High Risk of Severe COVID 19". The criteria that determine which patients meet this definition are listed here.
We have identified and notified patients in the group 4a (Very High Risk of Severe COVID 19).
We will similarly notify patients in the following group 7 (High Risk of Sever COVID 19).
Important COVID 19 Vaccine Information
The vaccine provided by the HSE is the Pfizer Vaccine.
It requires 2 vaccines given 4 weeks apart
In studies it has shown efficacy of up to 95%
Common side effects include sore arm/ fatigue/ fever.
These are more common after the 2nd vaccine and would be expected to fade after 48 hours. For a full list of potential side effects click here.
Who Can Take It?
It is licensed for all adults over 16 years of age unless they have one of the following-
History of life threatening allergy (anaphylaxis) to the Pfizer Vaccine or one of its components
People who will need to discuss the vaccine with a doctor first include-
Bed-bound patients (the vaccine cannot be transported from the surgery and the HSE will be making separate arrangements for such patients)
People with a history of COVID 19 infection in the last 4 weeks
People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any injection
COVID 19 Clinic Information
The COVID 19 vaccine is very different to any of the other vaccines (such as the flu vaccine) given before. As such the vaccine clinics will require very careful structure and layout. We greatly appreciate your help and co-operation in keeping everyone safe while we work.
Vaccination will take place at Griffith Avenue Practice (411 Griffith Avenue)
You will be contacted the week before with an appointment date and time. Vaccines can only be given at these times.
The HSE has decided that vaccines will be given by age in the order listed above. The vaccine will only be given to the person with the appointment.
How to Prepare:
Please arrive at your scheduled time.
Please wear a short sleeve top (you can wear a coat over this to stay warm of course)
Please wear a face-mask
What to Expect:
When you arrive you will be checked in by a member of staff outside.
You will be brought inside and a doctor will run through some questions with you before giving the injection
You will then need to be observed for 15 minutes in the surgery
You will then be given an information leaflet and an appointment for your 2nd shot as you leave the building.
Things to Know/Avoid:
Please do not bring anyone else along to get vaccinated too, as only eligible patients with an appointment will be booked at this time and refusal may cause offence.
To control numbers safely, family members who attend with you will not be allowed enter the building and will be asked to wait outside
Please do not look to discuss other clinical issues at the clinic as the doctors will not be able to carry out a consultation during the vaccine clinic.
Please do not arrive late or particularly early as the clinic will be fully booked and working to a very tight schedule so we will not be able to accommodate you
If you will not be able to attend the appointment please notify the surgery ASAP to cancel/ reschedule