Under the Rural Environment Theme – Protection and Sustainable Use of Water Resources, LCRL have recently undertaken a “Water Resources Management” training course for Communities in County Longford. Please visit the project web site for information on recent field trips to Legan and Saint’s Island, a water conservation webinar, funding opportunities for projects in Longford and lots more.
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Longford Community Resources (LCRL) are delighted with the announcement this morning by Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, that LCRL were awarded funding for their application to the Community Development Pilot Programme. The call for applications was a competitive process and LCRL were one of 7 out of 120 applications to be successful.
LCRL Chairman, Pat O’Rourke, said ‘We were delighted to welcome Minister O’Brien to the LCRL offices this morning to make his announcement on the award of funding to projects under the Community Development Pilot Programme, we particularly welcome the announcement that the LCRL application has been successful.’
The project, to work with members of the Roma and other new communities, aims to support these groups move on from accessing basic services to become active communities working collaboratively with each other and with statutory and other community organisations.
This initiative which will work towards the establishment of an autonomous community development project, managed and run by members of the Roma and New Communities, will support these communities with greater participation in local decision making structures, to continue developing relationships with local service providers, raising awareness of the importance and value of the inclusion of all ethnicities and of Longford becoming an intercultural, inclusive county.
LCRL CEO, Adrian Greene said ‘We look forward to expanding our work with these communities, and with other organisations in the county supporting them, to make Longford a county where all cultures and ethnicities are respected and valued’.
While good progress has been made in restoring some of our systems, services around the country are continuing to see significant impacts and disruptions. Although essential services are continuing, our systems are not functioning as usual and patients may experience delays and in some cases cancellations. People can check updates on services that are affected on the HSE website service updates page.
Healthlink, which provides an interface between the HSE and the GP community, has had some functionality restored and GPs can now send information to the HSE on their vaccination progress, and other important services.
Medical card services have been significantly disrupted and our processes are slower as a result. As it’s not possible to register medical card applications online at the moment, we are asking people to send in postal applications. While we are processing emergency cards as quickly as possible, applications for non- emergency cards have been impacted. Call 1890 252 919 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday) if you have any medical card queries. You can find more information here.
Visit HSE website service updates page for regularly updated information about service changes and follow our updates in the news and on HSE social media channels.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
For updates and information on each of the vaccine allocation groups, and when and where they’ll be invited for their vaccine, please visit www.hse.ie/rollout.
Register online to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Read the user guide for help with registering online.
If you cannot register online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.
The groups currently being vaccinated against COVID-19 are:
• people aged 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities (Group 1)
• frontline healthcare workers (Group 2)
• people aged 70 and older living in the community (Group 3)
• people aged 16 to 69 who are at very high risk (Group 4)
• people aged 65 to 69, including those at high risk (Groups 5 and 6)
• people aged 16 to 64 who are at high risk (Group 7)
We are also vaccinating:
• pregnant women over 14 weeks – you can find more information here
• socially vulnerable adults
• people aged 40-69 who have registered for their vaccine.
Vaccine registration opened for people aged 35-39 from Sunday, 20th June
In order to help manage the vaccine registration process, we are asking people to register on a specific day:
• 20th June for 39 year olds
• 21st June for 38 year olds
• 22nd June for 37 year olds
• 23rd June for 36 year olds
• 24th June for 35 year olds
Pharmacies now offering Janssen vaccine
Many pharmacies are now offering the Janssen single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 50 or over who haven’t been vaccinated yet. Find a pharmacy to book your vaccine appointment here.
AstraZeneca vaccine second dose
The AstraZeneca vaccine is a two dose vaccine. Please attend for your second AstraZeneca dose when invited. This gives increased and longer lasting protection against COVID-19 including the Delta variant now circulating widely in the UK.
Anyone who received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine should get their second dose 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose. If more than 12 weeks has passed since your first dose and you have not received your second dose, you can phone HSELive on 1800 700 700. You can read more here.
After you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are vaccine protected
When your vaccine has had time to work, you can do some things that were not recommended before you were vaccinated. You can find more information here.
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
• Check hse.ie/covid19vaccine for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
• Find the vaccine information materials at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerials
• Details on getting the COVID-19 vaccine is updated regularly here
• Details on COVID-19 vaccines administered are available here
• Read the full COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy
• Read the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Chapter about COVID-19 vaccine
• COVID-19 vaccine information for health professionals
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please also check the Healthy Ireland site here with further resources and information on the Keep Well campaign.
You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.
Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.