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Update from College Secretary, Chief Operating Officer and Director, College Health Service to students and staff

2 July 2021

Dear students and colleagues

This week the Government announced a delay in the reopening of indoor hospitality until at least 19 July amid concerns over the Delta variant. The National Public Health Emergency Team's full expectation is that there is going to be a significant increase in transmission of the virus in this country.

Keep your guard up

With the risk of the country facing into a fourth COVID-19 wave, it is imperative that we all remain vigilant and keep our guard up. Please continue to adhere to public health guidelines of social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing, restricting social gatherings etc.  

Vaccination roll-out programme

Positive news is that Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced an expansion of the vaccination roll-out programme to younger people. It will see the 18-34 age group being able to 'opt-in' for Janssen or AstraZeneca for earlier vaccination, the Minister explained today on RTE’s Morning Ireland. This 'opt-in' system will run in parallel with the online portal registration.

Online registration for the national vaccination centres is due to open up next week. From next Monday, 750 pharmacies can begin administering the Janssen vaccine to people in the 18-34 age groups who have opted in. There is no online registration for the pharmacies – contact is by walk-in, telephone or email directly to the pharmacies. All members of the Trinity Community are encouraged to avail of the vaccines.

Working from home

Staff who are working from home should continue to do so if possible. This is the case even if you have been vaccinated with a first or second vaccination. It is a safer approach for the Trinity Community, as per Government guidelines.

Stay safe. Stay well. Bígí slán agus sábháilte.

Kind regards, 

John Coman, Secretary to the College
Seán Ó Comáin, Rúnaí an Choláiste

Orla Cunningham, Chief Operating Officer
Orla Cunningham, An Príomhoifigeach Oibriúcháin

Dr David McGrath, Director, College Health Service
An Dr Daithi Mac Craith, Stiúrthóir, Seirbhís Sláinte an Choláiste