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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Covid

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Current Advice and Level

COVID-19 Fixed Payment Notices

COVID-19 Related Statistics

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Crime Prevention Advice

Current Advice, Level and Updates

Current COVID-19 Advice

HSE invites people to register for their COVID-19 Vaccine

HSE invites people to register for their COVID-19 Vaccine 

  • Register online at www.hse.ie or by phone at 1850 24 1850 for HSE vaccination appointments
  • Vaccines will be given during April and May 

The HSE, (Wednesday, 14th April 2021), confirmed details of the next group of people to be offered COVID-19 vaccines and introduced the COVID-19 online registration system. 

Over the coming weeks, people 69 will be asked to register for their COVID-19 vaccine on the HSE website. People will be vaccinated at one of the HSE vaccination centres around the country using the AstraZeneca vaccine. Online registration will commence at 10am tomorrow, Thursday April 15th, beginning with people aged 69. 

Our vaccination programme is now moving into an important new phase. We are introducing a new online registration system and inviting everyone aged from 69 downwards to register online. To avoid delays when we open registrations, we are asking people to register by age on specific days initially. 

You should register online if you haven’t already been vaccinated or you haven’t received an appointment yet. If you have an appointment for vaccination already, through work, or because of a health condition, you don’t need to register online.  The quickest and easiest way to register is online at www.hse.ie. It is a new system which will register people, manage appointments, and provide a secure record of your vaccination. This group will be the first to use it and most groups being vaccinated from now on will also use it. 

Our aim in offering the vaccine to the population is to protect people and reduce the illness and deaths caused by this virus. 

Vaccinations for this group will start around 1 week after registration opens. Once a person has registered, we will send appointment details by SMS text message, 3 to 7 days before their vaccination is due to take place. People in this group will be vaccinated during April or May at one of the HSE vaccination centres around the country. 

How to register:

For those registering on www.hse.ie for the vaccine you will need;

  • your PPS number
  • eircode
  • a mobile phone number and
  • an email address.

Alternatively people can call HSELive on 1850 24 1850 for assistance with the registration process.

Registration will stay open for people after 19th April. You can register online or on the phone at your convenience. There is no hurry to register immediately; registering first does not mean a person will get vaccinated first. 

Registration days are being staggered in this way to ensure we can provide good support to people using the system or calling our phone service. 

Thereafter, registration will remain open and people can register online or on the phone at their convenience. 

The HSE asks for people’s support and patience during this week to ensure an orderly registration. Everyone else will be called when it’s their turn for vaccination. 

  • Online registration will open at www.hse.ie on Thursday at 10am
  • Phone registration will open at 1850 24 1850 on Thursday at 10am 

Data Security

Data security is a priority for the HSE. The Vaccination Information System has been designed to ensure only necessary information is captured and stored securely in line with HSE data retention policies. All information is encrypted in transit and at rest.

User accounts created on registration use two factor authentication, email and mobile phone number, to provide people with secure access to their own information about their vaccination. 

Visit hse.ie/rollout for information about registration. 

A video explaining registration is available here https://youtu.be/v1JoC01Omgc 

Notes: 

For further information:

-          People age 69 downwards can register online at www.hse.ie

-          Information video explaining how to register is available at https://youtu.be/v1JoC01Omgc

-          Privacy statement for the Vaccine Information system https://www.hse.ie/eng/gdpr/data-protection-covid-19/data-protection-covid-19-vaccine-information-system.html

-          HSELive is here to answer your questions, 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. Tel: 1850 24 1850  https://www.hse.ie/eng/contact-us

FAQs

Who should register for their vaccines?

People aged 69 downwards are being vaccinated next, please register online or on the phone.

The easiest way is to do it online, but you can ring HSELive if you can’t.

When should I register?

To avoid delays when we open registrations this week, we are asking people to register by age.

And remember, there is no hurry to register today - registering first won’t get you vaccinated first. 

What do I need to register online?

To register online you will need your PPSN, your eircode, a mobile phone number and an email address. You can use a mobile, computer or tablet. 

When and where will I be vaccinated?

Vaccinations for this group will start in HSE vaccination centres around 1 to 2 weeks after registration opens. 

What vaccine will I be given?

People aged 60-69 will be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine. You can read all about this vaccine on the HSE website here.  www.hse.ie/COVID19vaccine  

When will you be in touch with me after registration?

Once you are registered, we will send your appointment details by SMS, 3 to 7 days before your vaccination appointment. 

What happens at the vaccination centre?

You can read all about our vaccination centres here. https://hse.ie/vacctr 

Can I help someone else to register? A friend or family member can help you register if you don’t have an email address or mobile phone. You can use a single email address and phone number for multiple registrations.You can also ring HSELive to register someone else. 

I’m a healthcare worker aged under 69 If you have not registered on the HCW portal you should register on this system. If you have an appointment for a vaccine already, through work, or because of a health condition, you don’t need to register here. 

I’m in this age group, but in a different allocation group, do I need to register?

All 69 downwards should register if you haven’t been vaccinated or you haven’t received an appointment. If you have an appointment for a vaccine already, through work, or because of a health condition, you don’t need to register here. 

What about people who cannot or do not want to register online?

Our team in HSELive is here to help and can register you on the phone. Just have your PPSN, Eircode and mobile phone number. If you don’t have a mobile phone you can provide us with the phone number of someone you trust to receive your appointment details.

HSELive can also be contacted through the Irish Remote Interpreting Service in Irish Sign Language or by a dedicated text number for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Information is available on the HSE website. 

Why did we merge allocation group 5 and part of group 6?

This was based on our experience of earlier allocation groups, where identifying people by condition was very challenging and led to delays contacting people. In addition we now have an increase in supply of vaccines – this approach is the most efficient and timely way of vaccinating everyone in this group, including those with high-risk conditions. 

What information is asked for when registering – and why?

  • Mobile phone number so we can text you your appointment details
  • Your email address so you can set up your account
  • Eircode and Address so we can assign you to your nearest vaccination centre 

The following are needed so we can find your Individual Health Identifier which means we can securely record your vaccination against your health record.

  • PPSN
  • Mother’s birth family name
  • Gender
  • Nationality 

Why do you want my GP’s name?

We capture GP information so we can send your vaccination record to your GP. 

What if I don’t have a GP?

There is an option to say you don’t have a GP. 

Why do we ask about ethnicity?

Ethnicity is captured so we can make sure there are no communities left out of the vaccination programme, and that we are able to report on the performance of the programme for all our population. If you do not want to share your ethnicity with us you can select this option in the list on this page. 

What if I don’t have a PPSN, Eircode or mobile phone?

You can call HSELive and they will register you on the phone. 

How do we stop people registering out of their turn?

The system will alert anyone not aged 65-69 that is it not their turn to register. 

Data Security

Data security is a priority for the HSE. The Vaccination Information System has been designed to ensure only necessary information is captured and stored securely in line with HSE data retention policies. All information is encrypted in transit and at rest. The privacy statement for the Vaccine Information system is available here https://www.hse.ie/eng/gdpr/data-protection-covid-19/data-protection-covid-19-vaccine-information-system.html

User accounts created on registration use two factor authentication, email and mobile phone number, to provide people with secure access to their own information about their vaccination. 

Why we ask for your gender

We ask for your gender as it appears on your passport, medical card or national age card, so we can match your registration to your Individual Health Identifier (IHI).

Your IHI is the number that matches you to your existing health records.

We understand this may not match your current gender or how you self-describe but it is important that we are able to correctly identify you when you come for your vaccine. 

Vaxzevria COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is not recommended for those aged under 60 years including those with medical conditions with very high or high risk of severe COVID-19 disease. A second dose of “Vaxzevria” the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should not be given to anyone who developed unusual blood clots with low platelets after the first dose. 

Advice for those who have received a first dose of Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca is

Those aged 60 and older should receive their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled.

  • Those aged under 60 years with a very high risk or high-risk medical condition should receive their second dose 12 weeks later as scheduled.
  • Those aged under 60 years without a very high risk or high-risk medical condition should have the scheduled interval between doses extended to 16 weeks to allow further assessment of the benefits and risks as more evidence becomes available.

 Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus

Current Level as of 12 April 2021

Resilience and Recovery 2020 - 2021: National Plan for Living with COVID-19

Ireland is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on society.

Ireland moved to Level 5 from 31 December 2020. New public health measures come into place from 12 April 2021 and you can see the full measures that apply here.

Current HSE Guidelines on How to Wear Face Coverings

Below are two infographics in English and Irish on how to wear face coverings:

hse-face-covering-guidelines-poster-screen-Copy  covid-19-face-covering-guidelines-poster

An Garda Síochána would like to remind you that the current HSE advice is that that cloth face coverings/masks are superior to visors.  Wear face coverings when you’re shopping, on public transport or when it’s difficult to social distance.

HSE press release

The 4Es Approach - Engage, Explain, Encourage and as a last resort Enforce

4E's

In respect of regulations which are not declared to be Penal Regulations under the Health Act 1947 as amended, An Garda Síochána will utilise the following three Es from the 4E approach - engage, explain and encourage, only.

In respect of regulations which are declared to be Penal Regulations under the Health Act 1947 as amended, An Garda Síochána adopts the approach of the four Es which sees Gardaí engage, explain, encourage, and as a last resort, enforce. 

5 Things to Know/Remember

  1. Stay home;
  2. Wear a face covering;
  3. Wash your hands;
  4. Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette;
  5. Know the symptoms.

Five things to know

Updated HSE public health advice brochures - By County

Contacting An Garda Síochána - #HeretoHelp

Contacting An Garda Síochána

All Public Offices of Garda stations remain open. However, if you need to contact An Garda Síochána please consider the following:

- In an emergency always dial 999/112 - You should use this service if a crime or incident is happening now or if anyone is in immediate danger.
- Non-emergency or general enquiries:
- For non-emergency or general enquiries, you can contact your local Garda Station by Telephone and Email;
- Contact details for all Garda stations and key offices are available in the Garda Stations Directory.

#HeretoHelp #StayHome #StaySafe

Other Ways to Report Information to An Garda Síochána
Garda Confidential Line1800 666 111
Traffic Watch1890 205 805
Crimestoppers Freefone1800 250 025
Bribery and Corruption Confidential Reporting Line1800 40 60 80

Advice Relating to Attendance at Funeral Services, Wakes, Burials and Cremations

Advice for attending wake, funeral service, burial or cremation Poster
Funerals poster v2

Only 10 people are allowed to attend a funeral at present. This is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting contacts. It includes attendance at the wake, funeral service, burial or cremation. Let’s use other ways to sympathise until the restrictions are lifted. #StayHome

New 'walk-in' COVID-19 testing centre

As part of the HSE’s enhanced COVID-19 testing for local communities, five new ‘walk-in, no appointment necessary’ COVID-19 testing centres have opened on Thursday, 25th March to actively look for cases of COVID-19.

The HSE is opening the walk-in centres in areas where the number of positive cases is particularly high. Increasing the number of people we test will help us better understand how and why the virus is spreading quicker in certain areas.

For more information visit the HSE website.

Increase in the FPN relating to Travel Restrictions as of 12 April 2021

An Garda Síochána can now issue Fixed Payment Notices of €2000 (this was previously €500) for the following offences related to travel restrictions:
  1. Travelling from your home to an airport or port to leave the State without a reasonable excuse (Offence code HC1114).

COVID-19 Fixed Payment Notices

COVID-19 Fixed Payment Notices (updated 9 February 2021)

A number of offences under SI 560, SI 244 and SI 296 are now deemed to be Fixed Payment Notice Offences. Please see https://www.hse.ie/eng/ for current COVID-19 guidance. 
 
Face Coverings:

Members of the public must wear a face covering in the following instances unless they have a reasonable excuse:

  • on public transport;
  • in certain premises ('Certain premises' includes shops, shopping centres, libraries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bingo halls, museums, nail salons, hairdressers, tattoo and piercing studios, travel agents, laundries, dry cleaners, bookmakers, train stations and bus stations.);
  • in small public service vehicles (This refers to the obligation of the taxi driver to take all reasonable steps to ensure people wear a face covering in taxis.);
  • a worker in a relevant premises (This refers to the obligation for workers in shops to wear face coverings.);
  • a responsible person in a relevant premises (This refers to the obligation for the manager/owner/occupier to wear a face covering if they are involved in the preparation or service of food and/or beverages for consumption on the premises.).

Reasonable excuses include where a person:

  • Cannot put one on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability or without severe distress
  • Needs to communicate with another person who has difficulties communicating
  • Removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • Removes the face covering to take medication
  • Removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury.

The regulations on face coverings do not apply to children under the age of 13. 

Where an offence is detected and involves a child under 18 years of age, they may be dealt with through the Juvenile diversion program.

Travel Restrictions:

It is not permitted to travel without a reasonable excuse in the following instances:

  • leaving your home; 
  • travelling from your home to an airport or port to leave the State (e.g. going on holiday)
  • anyone who is not ordinarily resident in the State (for example, someone who doesn’t have a permanent or temporary residence) is not permitted to travel in the State.
House Parties/Events:

It is an offence to do the following:

  • organise house parties;
  • organise other relevant events;
  • be an attendee at a house parties.

The 4Es Approach - Indirect Enforcement

Public transport

To enforce the regulations on the wearing of face coverings on public transport, a ‘relevant person' (public transport operator such as a bus driver or train driver) must first ask an individual to wear a face covering. If the individual refuses, then the relevant person can ask them to leave the public transport or not to get on the public transport. The relevant person can then call the Gardaí for assistance if required.
 

Certain premises

The owner or manager of the premises has a responsibility to encourage people to wear a face covering, and they should take all reasonable steps to engage with the individual before Gardaí are called for assistance.     
    

Enforcement is a last resort

Garda members will continue to use the 4 Es: Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce. Enforcement should only be used when necessary and proportionate. 

Garda Actions if a Person is Non-Compliant

Public transport: The offence here is failing to comply with the request of a relevant person. Gardaí will establish if the relevant person has given a direction to comply with the regulations. Garda attending at the incident will record the name of that relevant person and what exact requirement they made of the suspect offender.

The Garda member will use the 4 Es with the individual and clearly explain that at this point they are committing an offence, and give them an opportunity to come into compliance with the relevant persons request. (wear a face mask)

Gardaí will then give the individual a direction under Section 31A(7) to come into compliance with the request of the relevant person. If they continue to fail to comply, Gardaí may consider that the offence has been committed and can demand the individual's name and address under Section 31A(9).
 
Certain premises: The offence here is failing to wear a face covering in certain premises. A responsible person (e.g. shop owner/ manager) must take all reasonable steps to bring the individual into compliance. The responsible person cannot make a lawful requirement like the bus driver can. This person can only advise. Therefore, if Gardaí are called to assist, and will identify the responsible person and establish what action they have taken to bring the person into compliance.

Once this is established, Garda members can engage with the individual. An opportunity to come into compliance should be given. If this fails, Gardaí can give a direction to the individual under Section 31A(7) to come into compliance. If they continue to fail to comply, Gardaí may consider that the offence has been committed and  demand the individual's name and address under Section 31A(9).
 
A Garda member can arrest without warrant an individual who doesn’t give their name and address, or who gives a false or misleading name and address.
 
If the individual does not comply with the Garda directions on the wearing of face coverings on public transport or in certain premises, then a Fixed Payment Notice will issue.

The issuing of these Fixed Payment Notices will be at the discretion of the individual member. The individual Garda member is not required to consult with the DPP or with their Divisional Officer before issuing a fine for the specific offences outlined below.
 
Note: Failure to comply with a Garda direction issued under Section 31A(7) is a separate offence, but not a Fixed Payment Notice Offence.

It is the investigating Garda member’s decision to decide if a separate investigation file is required for the DPP for that offence, but the issue of an FPN may be sufficient.

Offences and Payment Amounts (Updated 12 April 2021)

(Updated 12 April 2021)

Members can now issue Fixed Payment Notices of €2000 for the following offences related to travel restrictions:
  1. Travelling from your home to an airport or port to leave the State without a reasonable excuse (Offence code HC1114).
Members can now issue Fixed Payment Notices of €500 for the following offences related to house parties and relevant events:
  1. Organisers of house parties - Event in Dwelling – Organiser(Offence code HC1074).
  2. Organisers of other relevant events -Event – Organiser (Offence code HC1026).
Members can now issue Fixed Payment Notices of €150 for the following offence related to house parties:
  1. Attendees of house parties - Event in dwelling – Attendee (Offence code HC1064).

Members can now issue Fixed Payment Notices of €100 for the following offence related to movement of persons:
  1. Travelling without a reasonable excuse (Offence code HC1054). 
  2. Anyone who is not ordinarily resident in the State (for example, someone who doesn’t have a permanent or temporary residence) is not permitted to travel in the State without a reasonable excuse (Offence code HC1124).
Members can now issue Fixed Payment Notices of €80 for the following 7 offences related to the wearing of face coverings:
  1. Not wearing a face covering on public transport (Offence code HC1016A)
  2. Remain off public transport without a face covering (Offence code HC1016B). This refers to someone failing to comply with a direction from the relevant person (e.g. bus driver) to remain off public transport without a face covering.
  3. Alight from public transport (Offence code HC1016C). This refers to someone refusing to get off public transport when directed to do by a relevant person for not wearing a face covering.
  4. Not wearing a face covering in certain premises (Offence code HC1044). 'Certain premises' includes shops, shopping centres, libraries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bingo halls, museums, nail salons, hairdressers, tattoo and piercing studios, travel agents, laundries, dry cleaners, bookmakers, train stations and bus stations.  
  5. Not wearing a face covering in small public service vehicles (Offence code HC1084). This refers to the obligation of the taxi driver to take all reasonable steps to ensure people wear a face covering in taxis.
  6. Not wearing a face covering by a worker in a relevant premises (Offence code HC1094). This refers to the obligation for workers in shops to wear face coverings.
  7. Not wearing a face covering by a responsible person in a relevant premises (Offence code HC1104). This refers to the obligation for the manager/owner/occupier to wear a face covering if they are involved in the preparation or service of food and/or beverages for consumption on the premises.

Samples of Fixed Payment Notices

Sample FPN Offence Wording re SI 560

COVID-19 FPN Cancellation Request Form and Guidance Notes

COVID-19 Related Statistics

COVID-19 Garda National Vetting Bureau (GNVB) Statistics

Click here to see the statistics from the COVID-19 Garda National Vetting Bureau (GNVB)

COVID-19 Statistics - 30 April 2021

Full COVID-19 Statistics Tables - Up to 8 May 2021

CategoryTotalNo. with Proceedings Commenced to DateNo. with DPP - No Proceedings to Date

Initial Lockdown Period – 8 April up to 28 June 2020

Breaches of Health Act 1947 (Operation Fanacht etc…)

363

259

68

Since 29 June 2020 up to 8 May Health Act 1947 [1]

581

193

17

Licensed Premises

  (Operation Navigation – commenced 3 July 202)

445

175

80

Retail Premises

  (Operation Treoráim – commenced 25 October 2020)

227

108

31

Face Covering Regulations

(File to DPP)

51

30

2

International Travel Regulations - Passenger Locator Forms

6

4

1

International Travel Regulations - Failure to Provide a Negative PCR Test

265

1

0

Up to 8 May 2021

Use of Anti-Spit Guards

123

86

Spitting Assaults on Members

305

169

[1] Excludes Licensed Premises, Retail Premises, Face Coverings and International Travel Regulations.

New Since Last Release - 11 April to 8 May 2021

Category Total No. Proceedings Commenced to Date
Breaches of Health Act 1947[1]853
Licensed Premises (Operation Navigation)30
Retail Premises (Operation Treoraím)30
Face Covering Regulations (File to DPP)10
International Travel Regulations - Passenger Locator Forms0N/A
International Travel Regulations - Failure to Provide a Negative PCR Test440

[1] Excludes Licensed Premises, Retail Premises, Face Coverings and International Travel Regulations.

Latest News from An Garda Síochána

July 2020

31 July 2020 - Operation Navigation Update - August Bank Holiday Weekend

An Garda Síochána’s Operation Navigation will continue this Bank Holiday weekend with a focus on compliance with the Public Health Regulations, by way of continued visits to Licensed Premises.

Videos from An Garda Síochána

Operational Briefing from Deputy Commissioner Twomey on Policing Plan in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions, 6th January 2021

Current COVID-19 Level 5 Information Videos in Several Languages October 2020

HSE multi-lingual video messages on Covid-19 vaccines now available in 36 languages

The HSE has launched 36 multi-lingual video messages on the Covid19 vaccine in Ireland.

The videos are available in the following languages:

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, English, Filipino, French, Georgian, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Urdu, Yoruba and Zulu

Previous COVID-19 Information Videos in Several Languages and Other Videos March/April 2020

Physical Distancing Video

Physical Distancing Saves Lives

Physical distancing is keeping a 2m (6ft) space between you and other people. You should not shake hands or make close contact where possible.

This video demonstrates 2 metres:

Crime Prevention Advice

Home Security and Dealing with Unexpected Callers

Home security and dealing with unexpected callers

Please read our leaflets for crime prevention advice on dealing with unexpected callers and home security:

Covid 19 Unexpected Callers Crime Prevention Advice DiversityCovid 19 Home Crime Prevention Advice Diversity
Covid-19 Unexpected Callers Crime Prevention Leaflet (Diversity)Covid-19 Home Crime Prevention Leaflet (Diversity)

These leaflets are available in multiple languages at the end of this page.

Securing Vacant Building Sites

Please read this leaflet and guidance document for crime prevention advice on securing vacant building sites:

Covid-19 Securing Building SitesSecuring Vacant Building Sites FINAL_1
Covid-19 Securing Building Sites LeafletSecuring Building Sites Guidance