Covid vaccine rollout for housebound continues

The country's booster campaign is continuing.

The HSE says it’s begun phase two of the home vaccination scheme as part of the rollout of the country’s booster campaign.

It says the programme aims to provide access to Covid-19 vaccinations to people who are very high risk or have high risk medical conditions and who are housebound.

It’s open to people who are unable to leave their home at all, or require significant assistance to leave the house due to illness, frailty, surgery, mental ill health or nearing end of life.

Referrals can be submitted to the Regional CHO Vaccination Team or Home Vaccination Team by the person’s GP, residential care facility Person in Charge or the lead person in the CHO primary care, disability, mental health or older person’s services.

The HSE has warned that referrals will only be accepted from those sources.

The Home Vaccination Team commenced phase 2 of vaccinating people who are housebound across the CHO1 area, which includes Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo, last week. Those teams will get to everyone on the list over the coming weeks.

Referrals will only be accepted once this criterion is met and verified by referring clinicians/service. COVID-19 vaccinations will not proceed for individuals inappropriately referred under this programme

If accepted, those eligible will receive a call in advance of vaccination day giving them the date of vaccination and expected arrival time of the Housebound Team.