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Advice on Sick Certs During Covid 19 Outbreak


Many patients have questions regarding sick certificates during the COVID 19 outbreak. GPs are legally authorised to issue certificates in the following situations:

  1. You have suspected COVID 19 and have been advised to Self Isolate by a doctor.

   - This will be subject to a payment of €350 per week under code Z29.0

   2. Someone in your household has suspected COVID 19 and you have been advised to restrict your movements by a doctor

   3. You have been advised to Cocoon because you are Extremely Medically Vulnerable.

   - This will be subject to the standard illness benefit payment of up to €203 per week

   - See below for the list of conditions that count as “Extremely Medically Vulnerable

   4. You were on certified sick leave prior to the outbreak of COVID 19

   - This will be subject to  the standard illness benefit payment of up to €203 per week

   5. You have developed a new medical illness and have been advised by a doctor that you are too unwell to work

   - This will be subject to  the standard illness benefit payment of up to €203 per week


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If you do not meet the above criteria and have concerns about working at this time you should discuss the matter with your employer. You may request a letter from your GP confirming your past medical history if it is necessary.




To apply for a sick certificate please click here to complete the following form

What Is Meant By Extremely Medically Vulnerable?* 


1. People aged 70 or over  (NOTE- people over 70 do not need a social welfare cert)

2. Solid organ transplant recipients 

3. People with specific cancers: 

a. people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer 

b. people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment 

c. people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer d. people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors 

e. people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs 

4. People with severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD. 

5. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell). 

6. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection. 

7. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired. 


*For any essential/key worker advice should be sought from Occupational Health who can give specific advice on individual conditions

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