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On Campus Vaccines February 2022

The College Health Service is operating another walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centre in the Public Theatre (Exam Hall), Front Square from Tuesday 08 February until Friday 11 February 2022. Vaccination will be available to all Trinity students and staff from 10am until 4pm each day.
The College community can attend for booster doses, or first or second doses for those who have not yet commenced or completed an initial vaccination course.
If you have contracted COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, you must wait for three months after the diagnosis before attending for a Booster vaccine.
Just over 50% of fully vaccinated people aged 17 to 34 have already received their booster dose. Omicron remains a concern for people who have not been fully vaccinated and received their booster. I strongly encourage members of the College community to take up the vaccine.
Current research shows that two weeks after your booster, your protection against severe illness should go back up to 90%.

Don’t forget to bring your Digital Covid Certificate or proof of previous vaccination, in addition to your PPS number. You will also need to provide the College Health Service team with a mobile number and email address to facilitate the updating of your Digital Covid Certificate
Although Ireland no longer requires proof of vaccination to enter indoor public spaces such as bars, restaurants, museums, or large indoor events, this is not the case across most of the EU at present. Students should be mindful that, should they wish to travel to these areas, proof of booster vaccination may be required.
Currently the following countries in the EU require an up-to-date EU Digital Covid Cert for some, or all of these activities, accessing public spaces such as bars, restaurants, nightclubs, museums, swimming pools, public transport, cultural events, etc - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain Sweden and Switzerland. This list is not exhaustive and is constantly evolving.
Obviously, other countries around the world also have specific requirements, so I would suggest to students that in addition to the personal health benefits to themselves and health benefits to the wider community with vaccination, there are also important logistical considerations to take into account, particularly for those who wish to partake in Erasmus programmes or travel for other reasons.
Kind regards

Dr David McGrath
Medical Director
College Health Service
Trinity College
IMC 13262

On-Campus Vaccines January 2022

Walk-in Vaccination Centre

The College Health Service will operate a walk-in Covid 19 vaccination Centre.

Where: Dining Hall, Front Square
When: Monday 10th January to Thursday 13th January 2022, 10am-4pm
How to access: Walk In
Who is eligible: All students and staff
What type of vaccine: Booster doses, or first or second doses for those who have not yet commenced or completed an initial vaccination course.

Frequently asked questions:

Below are some of the question the College health team regularly answer:

Should I get a vaccine if I have had COVID-19?

If you have contracted Covid 19 after being fully vaccinated, you must wait for three months after the diagnosis before attending for a Booster vaccine.

What sould I bring with me?

Please remember to bring your Digital Covid Certificate or proof of previous vaccination, in addition to your PPS number. You will also need to provide us with a mobile number and email address to facilitate the updating of your Digital Covid Certificate.

Why should I get a vaccine or booster?

The College Health team actively encourage all members of the College Community to take up the vaccine. It has been well proven, with multiple scientific studies over the past 12 months or so, to dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and death in those who are infected with the SARS CoV—2 virus and develop Covid 19.

With the Omicron variant, do I need a vaccine or booster?

Although the Omicron variant appears to cause less severe disease for most people, we can see from the Hospital Admission figures from Christmas Day until 5th January, where in-patients with Covid 19 have increased from 378 to 928 in this short time frame, that many people are becoming sick and requiring additional medical intervention.

What if I feel hesitant about the vaccine or booster?

In particular, the College Health team appeals to those who have not yet come forward for vaccination because of hesitancy about new vaccines or who have struggled with the onslaught of anti-vaccination social media campaigns to look at the evidence of the vaccines that are now in use for the past year or so in our country.

Between January and March last year, over 3,000 unvaccinated Irish people died from Covid 19. Unvaccinated people remain at great risk in 2022 so think about joining the over 3 and a half million Irish people who have dramatically reduced their risk by becoming vaccinated

Registering for HSE Vaccines

To register for a vaccine, follow this HSE link: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/

Trini-Vaccine

From April - July 2021, Trinity's on-campus vaccine programme for very high risk (group 4a) and high risk patients (group 7), Trini-Vaccine was implemented. You can read a report on the programme here or a visual summary is below.