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Practice Update 19/04/2021

Patients aged 60-69

GPs have NO role in vaccinating this age cohort. The HSE are NOT supplying GPs with vaccines for this age group.

Please visit the HSE Vaccination Registration portal or ring the HSE Live helpline on 1850 241 850 to register

GP’s have NO role in advising patients in this age cohort about the HSE vaccination programme and GP’s cannot offer an alternative pathway for another vaccine.

The portal is currently open to patients aged 65-59 only. This is the link https://vaccine.hse.ie/

Covid Vaccination Clinic

Our next clinic is scheduled for 29th April 2021. This will be for 2nd dose 79-75 year old patients and the remaining of our over 70’s first dose. Please note, if you are 70 years old and older and have not dropped in a consent form/ or have not heard from us, please make contact with us asap.

Cohort 4a

This is the next cohort as per NIAC recommendation. It applies to patients in the Very High Risk. We are currently working on our lists for these patients however if you fall into these categories and have not been vaccinated yet please print and fill out the consent from below, returning it to the surgery. We will be in touch in due course.

Diabetics with Hba1c > 58mmol in last 12 months

Obesity with a BMI greater than 40

Chronic Respiratory Disease – (on home oxygen or hospitalized in past two years)

Practice Update 12/04/2021

Please note we will not be receiving our full quota of vaccines this week, we are doing our best to manage this, and ask that you please respect our staff as this is as disappointing to them as it is to you. Our main aim has been to get as many patients vaccinated as we can but this has always been supply led. Up to now we have vaccinated all in the relevant cohort, this unfortunately is our first clinic with a supply issue.

This Thursday 15th April we will be given our 2nd Covid vaccination to our patients aged 84-80 and we are also starting to vaccinate our next cohort in the over 70’s campaign.

However, as we are not receiving our full quota of vaccines this week, we have had no alternative but to split this group into two clinics.   This week we will be vaccinating our patients aged 74-72 and our remaining 72-70 year old patients will be in the next clinic. We are very sorry not to be able to offer all our patients in this cohort an appointment this Thursday, unfortunately we have no control over this.

Please note, although our IT system provides us with a list of current patients who fall into the relevant cohorts we do not want to miss out on any patient, soif you are aged 70-74, have not heard from us and have not dropped in a consent form, please make contact with us. You can access this consent form below. Alternatively pop in to reception and pick one up, we have plenty printed off.

If you have already dropped in your consent form, you need do nothing other than await our contact, we will be in touch in due course.

Please be assured it is our absolute privilege to be able to provide this service and although the delay for some is disappointing, we will continue to do our best to complete the Over 70’s Covid Vaccination Campaign as quickly as we can.

Practice Update 30/03/2021

Covid Vaccination Clinic

We have contacted everyone in our 3rd age cohort for vaccination this Thursday. We will be in touch with you when it is your age cohort, so please watch this website weekly.

On Thursday 01/04/2021 we will be busy vaccinating our 2nd Dose for over 85 year old patients and our 1st dose for 75-79 year old patients. This will be a very busy day and so the following will apply

  1. Dr Orla’s phone in service will not be operational.
  2. All our GP’s and our nurse will be vaccinating all morning so they will not be able to look after any other medical queries
  3. We will, however have a GP doing routine telephone consultations from 10am to 12pm and will open as usual for the afternoon

As you can imagine, this is a big task and one we are very proud to take on, we would appreciate your co-operation in making this Thursday like our previous two clinics a huge success.

Adults with Downs Syndrome are prioritised for COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Group 4


Most adults (16 and older) with Down Syndrome in Ireland access disability services. There is a small cohort of people with Down Syndrome living in the community who may not access any disability services, approximately 100 adults. If you or a family member fall into this group please contact us and we will give you the relevant pathway for these adults

Practice Update 22/03/2021

We are now currently making appointments for our next cohort for Covid Vaccinations. This relates to our patients aged 75-79. If you fall into this category you will receive a letter over the next day or two with your appointment details and all the relevant information needed.

We have been informed by the HSE that our next delivery will be less than expected and as such we don’t know how many patients we can look after in this clinic. As always we will endeavor to vaccinate as many patients as we can, but please be aware we may not be able to vaccinate all in this cohort and as the issue is supply, we have no control over this.

If you do not receive a letter we ask that you fill out the consent form on the previous post and return it to us. If we can’t get you into this next clinic we will prioritise you for the next one. Again we must stress this is purely a supply issue and completely out of our control and as such ask for your patience.

Wed 17th & Thurs 18th March

We will be closed Wednesday 17th March due to St Patrick’s Day. If you need medical assistance please contact Northdoc on 1850 22 44 77

Covid Vaccination Clinic

We have contacted everyone in our 2nd age cohort for vaccination this Thursday. We will be in touch with you when it is your age cohort, so please watch this website weekly.

On Thursday 18/03/2021 as we will be busy vaccinating our over 80 year old patients the following will apply

  1. Dr Orla’s phone in service will not be operational.
  2. All our GP’s and our nurse will be vaccinating all morning so they will not be able to look after any other medical queries
  3. We will, however have a GP doing routine telephone consultations from 10am to 12pm and will open as usual for the afternoon

As you can imagine, this is a big task and one we are very proud to take on, we would appreciate your co-operation in making this Thursday a huge success.

Covid Vaccination for over 70’s

Dear Patient,

Below please find all the information you need regarding our Covid Vaccination schedule. As directed by the HSE we are looking after the relevant cohorts in order of age, we have successfully completed our first vaccine clinic for our over 85’s and are now working through bookings for our next cohort of 80-84 year old patients.

If you are over 70 and would like to receive the vaccine in our surgery, please print off the two letters below, one is an information letter and the other a consent form. Please read the letter carefully, fill out the consent form and return it to us asap. The consent form will be looked at by our medical team and if everything is in order, we will keep it on file for when your age cohort is due.

To give you an idea of when to provisonally expect your vaccine here is the schedule of clinic dates. Please note this is completely supply dependent!

Clinic 1                  04/03/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients over 85

Clinic 2                  18/03/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients 80-84

Clinic 3                  01/04/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients 75-80 and vaccine 2 over 85 yrs

Clinic 4                  15/04/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients 70-74 and vaccine 2 80-84 yrs

Clinic 5                  29/04/2021                         Vaccine 2 for patients 75-80 yrs

Clinic 6                  13/05/2021                         Vaccine 2 for our patients 70-74 yr olds.

If you do not have a printer, we have printed plenty in the surgery already so please feel free to ask at reception.

Covid Vaccination Clinic

We have contacted everyone in our first age cohort for vaccination this Thursday. We will be in touch with you when it is your age cohort, so please watch this website weekly.

On Thursday 04/03/2021 as we will be busy vaccinating our over 85 year old patients the following will apply

  1. Dr Orla’s phone in service will not be operational.
  2. All our GP’s and our nurse will be vaccinating all morning so they will not be able to look after any other medical queries
  3. We will, however have a GP doing routine telephone consultations from 10am to 12pm and will open as usual for the afternoon

As you can imagine, this is a big task and one we are very proud to take on, we would appreciate your co-operation in making this Thursday a huge success.

Covid Vaccination Clinic

Dear Patient

We are delighted to be able to let you know that we are now in a position to orgainise the roll out of the Coronavirus vaccine to all our practice population over 70 years of age. The vaccine you will be getting is  the Pfizer-Biotech Covid 19 vaccine. You will get two vaccines four weeks apart.

The vaccine will be administered in a dedicated vaccine clinic, that will be run alternate Thursday mornings in the practice by our GP’s and Practice Nurse.  The clinics will start at 9am, there will be no flexibility in terms of changing the time of your appointment.

Clinic 1                  04/03/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients over 85

Clinic 2                  18/03/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients 80-84

Clinic 3                  01/04/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients 75-80 and vaccine 2 over 85 yrs

Clinic 4                  15/04/2021                         Vaccine 1 for patients 70-74 and vaccine 2 80-84 yrs

Clinic 5                  29/04/2021                         Vaccine 2 for patients 75-80 yrs

Clinic 6                  13/05/2021                         Vaccine 2 for our patients 70-74 yr olds.

As you can imagine, this is a big task and we would really appreciate your co operation.

  • Please arrive at your allocated time
  • Please wear loose clothing so that the vaccinator can get at your upper arm easily
  • You will be vaccinated in one room by either Nurse Denise or one of the GP’s
  • You will then be asked to wait in the waiting room for fifteen minutes after your vaccine to check that you are ok.
  • You are then free to leave.
  • You will be given a note of possible side effects on leaving the surgery.
  • This particular visit to the practice will be for your vaccine alone and unfortunately nothing else can be dealt with at this time.
  • If you have any symptoms of covid 19 or you have tested postive for Covid 19, please do not attend for your appointment.
  • If you are just recuperating from any illness or Covid 19, you need to ring the surgery and let the admin staff know, they will liase with the medical staff and advise you.

All of the above will be done adhering to social distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene.

As mentioned above your second vaccine will be Thursday four weeks after your first vaccine and you will receive this date on an appointment card when leaving the surgery.

  • You will not be reminded of this, your second appointment
  • You cannot have the appointment at any other time or day
  • You cannot have the vaccine unless you arrive at the proper time, on the right day.

Key Points:

  • Your appointment time and date is not fully confirmed until you return the consent form included.
  • This confirmation will be via a text message to the mobile telephone number you have documented on your consent form.
  • Your second vaccine will be at the same time as the first, on a Thursday four weeks later, you will not be reminded of this appointment and you cannot change the time or date of this appointment.

Due to the constraints of the vaccine itself and the timing of our deliveries there is no flexibility in the above system.

Our understanding is that those that are housebound will be cared for via the HSE, please let us know is this applies to you and we will do our best to get you looked after.

We would respectfully ask that you read this very carefully as it includes all the information that will enable you to receive your two doses of vaccine in a safe and timely manner. The phones are very busy with queries so please check our website first, this is updated every Monday by lunchtime.

As mentioned above, we are delighted and honoured to be able to provide our community with this service!

Kind Regards, The team at the Parks Medical Centre