Public Health Measures
We are experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in Ireland. New Level 5 restrictions have come into place. You can see the measures in place here.
We ask everyone, for the protection of our friends, family and the frontline, to please stay at home.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The vaccination programme continues to be rolled out nationwide, and over 77,000 people have been given their first dose already.
We encourage everyone in Ireland to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – our website on www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine is a good place to start, and you can find the vaccine information materials at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerials
Video version of children’s test centre guide
The guide for children going to a COVID-19 test centre has been updated – updated illustrated guide for children. It has also been turned into an animation so parents have an alternative way to share this with their children to help prepare them for a test. The video is embedded on the ‘testing for children’ page on hse.ie and is also available on YouTube.
You can find video resources on face coverings here on the following topics:
–How to wear a face covering – How to safely put on and remove a face covering
-How to safely put on and remove a facemask when required to wear one in a healthcare setting
–Face covering use while visiting a healthcare setting
You can watch the HSE’s tv ad on face coverings here.
COVID-19 Guidance on visits to Long Term Residential Care Facilities (LTRCFs)
You can find the latest COVID-19 Guidance on visits to Long Term Residential Care Facilities (LTRCFs) here.
Keeping well this winter booklet – large print format
You can find the large print format of the Keeping well this winter booklet here.
Keeping well this winter booklet – Irish Sign Language (ISL)
You can find the ISL videos of the Keeping well this winter booklet under the videos section of the COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources page.
Free Stress Control Programme
HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering a free Stress Control programme to the public. Stress Control is an evidence-based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress.
The programme helps participants recognise the signs of stress. It covers topics including how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts. It teaches skills to overcome panicky feelings and tips to getting a good night’s sleep.
Dr Jim White will live-stream the classes, free-of-charge. You can watch the sessions either in the afternoon or evening.
This is a free programme and to participate simply visit www.stresscontrol.ie
First Fortnight is celebrating their 10th anniversary as Ireland’s only national mental health themed arts festival with an all new virtual festival experience. Given the challenges people face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, never before has it been so important to look after our mental health, and support those we care about. To find out more, check out First Fortnight’s festival programme for the full list of art exhibitions, films, spoken word and stage performances, as well as workshops, music and poetry – all available online running to the 17th of January.
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 check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.
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.