COVID-19 VACCINE
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COVID 19 VACCINATION AT DMC

  • We began vaccinating our patients over the age of 85 years on Feb 26th.

  • We are allocating the vaccine strictly as per HSE guidelines.

  • Please note that we have been affected by supply and delivery issues at the HSE.

  • We will invite you for vaccination when it is your turn.

  • You will be invited to book for vaccine via text or a phone call. Please ask relative/friend if you have difficulty with this process or contact us.

  • We are currently nearing the end of our aged over 70 cohort for vaccination

  • IF YOU ARE AGED OVER 70 AND A PATIENT OF DMC & HAVE NOT YET BEEN CALLED FOR VACCINATION PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY

  • Please do not phone the surgery with vaccine enquires unless you have unanswered queries after reading this information. Our phone lines are very busy as we try to manage our usual work as well. 

  • If you are aged between 60 and 69 you will not be vaccinated in DMC. Please read below for details.

  • If you are aged between 50 and 59 please read information below

  • If you are in a high risk group please read below.

  • The vaccine we are using in our surgery is the Pfizer BIONTech Vaccine

For more information on Government Vaccine Rollout plan click here

HIGH RISK GROUPS (Aged 18-59)

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DMC are supporting the vaccination of our patients who are in high risk group 4 and  7, 

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who are aged 18-59 years. 

If you think you fall into High Risk Group 4 or 7 and have not already been called for vaccination by DMC or elsewhere, please complete the form below. This will enable us to crosscheck your records, confirm the group you belong to, and ensure you are listed for vaccination if appropriate. 

Before completing the form,  please click on the groups above to read the details of whether your condition puts you in a high risk category for vaccination in DMC. Each form submitted will be triaged by a doctor.

We do not expect vaccines to arrive for these groups until mid May. If you meet the criteria, we will contact you when the vaccines arrive. In the meantime, if your age group is called to register on the HSE portal,  we would encourage you to do so in order to facilitate your quickest pathway to vaccination.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR BODY MASS INDEX (BMI)?
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Do you know your BMI? (Body Mass Index). If you are very overweight (BMI>35) you fall into group 4 above and will be eligible for the vaccine regardless of your age. Calculate your BMI here. Please contact us if your BMI is >35

AGED BETWEEEN 60 & 69?
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If you are aged between 60 and 69 regardless of whether you fall in to group 4 or 7 above, you will be vaccinated by the HSE in a vaccination centre and not in our surgery. If you have not already done so, please register on the HSE portal below. 

To register will need your PPS number, eircode, mobile  number and email address. For assistance with this process please phone 1850 24 1850. The planned vaccine for this group is Astra Zeneca.

Please note,  that as per the

Irish Medical Organisation: 

  • GPs have NO ROLE in vaccinating patients aged 60-69 and are not being supplied with vaccines for this group.

  • GPs have NO ROLE in advising patient in this group about the HSE vaccination programme

  • GPs cannot offer patients any alternative pathway for another vaccine.

AGED BETWEEN 50 AND 59?
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People aged 59 can register for vaccination on the HSE portal from May 4th. See below for the timing of registration for all the age groups in this decade. 

If you are aged: 

  • 58 – register on Wednesday 5 May, or any time after

  • 57 – register on Thursday 6 May, or any time after

  • 56 – register on Friday 7 May, or any time after

  • 55 – register on Saturday 8 May, or any time after

  • 50 to 54 - register from Sunday 9 May 

We encourage those patients of DMC who are in this age group and high risk patients (belonging to Group 4 and 7) to register with this portal. The hospital you attend or DMC will hopefully invite you for vaccination before you are called by the HSE,- in this case, you can cancel the appointment with HSE if you have one. 

ATTENDING FOR COVID 19 VACCINATION AT DMC
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  • You will receive an written information leaflet on the vaccine leaflet at the clinic, but before you attend the surgery we ask you to read the information about the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine here,

  • Side effects may include: mild soreness, redness or swelling at injection site, transient aches and chills, temporary tiredness and sore headAll these effects are usually mild, brief (<48 hours) and self-resolving. Analgesia such as paracetamol can help with these effects.

  • Anaphylaxis Reaction: (severe allergic reaction requiring medical help)You can still get Covid 19 Vaccine if you have had a previous anaphylactic reaction to a food or medicine, as long as it was not a reaction to one of the ingredients of the Pfizer vaccine. You CANNOT get Covid 19 Vaccine if you had an anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a Covid 19 Vaccine.

  • You should not get the vaccine if you have tested positive for Covid 19 in the past 4 weeks. 

  • You can park in the reserved spaces outside Insomnia or in the Kill O the Grange Church car park beside the surgery. 

  • We advise you to wait in your car if possible until your appointment time.

  • We respectfully ask you to attend your appointment alone, as far as possible unless you need a chaperone. Please note your chaperone will not be vaccinated with you and may be asked to wait outside.

  • Please wear short sleeves as the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.

  • You will be required to wear a mask and sanitize your hands

  • We ask you to observe social distancing at all times

  • This is a vaccine appointment only, - we will not be discussing any other medical issues with you.

  • You will be 'checked in' by our admin staff and given an appointment for your second vaccine in four weeks time.

  • You will be directed where to go for your vaccine where you will receive the first dose of a two dose vaccine.

  • Please ask your vaccinator if you have any questions about the vaccine. 

  • You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes on the premises after your vaccine where you will be monitored for side effects.

  • You will be invited to leave the premises via a different door to the one you came in.

  • Please re-sanitize your hands as you leave.

  • You will be given a written record card of the vaccines you have received after your second dose in four weeks time. 

  • Please read this After Care Information on the Pfizer Vaccine

  • Please contact us if you are concerned about side effects on (01) 2892116 or Out of Ours service at EDOC (01) 2234500 

We will do our best to keep our vaccination clinics running on time. We appreciate your patience and co-operation with these measures and are very happy to be able to offer you your vaccination to keep you and our community safe. 

WHICH VACCINE WILL I GET?

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There are three different Covid 19 vaccines available in Ireland, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZenca. You will not have a choice as to which vaccine you will receive. Our practice have been allocated the Pfizier BioNtech vaccine. Those aged between 60 and 69 will receive the Astra Zeneca Vaccine in HSE vaccination centres. Please click below for more information below on each of the vaccines. For the ingredients of Astra Zeneca Vaccine click here. 

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I RECEIVE MY VACCINE

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Before you leave the surgery you will receive an appointment for your second vaccine for four weeks later. Please read information below on what to expect after you receive your vaccine. 

UNICEF IRELAND
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If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 you can give a vaccine to someone in need by supporting UNICEF IRELAND in their campaign 'Give a Vaccine, Get a Vaccine by clinking on link below to donate. 

'GET A VACCINE, GIVE A VACCINE'