Date: February 5th, 2021
I am writing to update you on our plans for vaccination of front-line healthcare workers in the upcoming weeks. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patients throughout 2020 and in January 2021, which has been the most difficult month to date for all of us.
CIRCULAR TO ALL PNA MEMBERS 29/01/21
Please find attached updated information on the current Covid-19’ vaccination program. As you know, the PNA has expressed its ongoing frustration at how vaccines were being distributed and the belief that some Mental Health settings had been left behind. The PNA issued a press release last Friday, January 22nd, and communicated with the HSE the many frustrating and infuriating examples experienced by our membership.
HR Circular 004 2021 re Further extension of waiver of abatement for specific frontline HCWs in the context of COVID-19
Derogation for the Return to Work of Healthcare Workers (HCW) who are Essential for Critical Services - click on the following links to view/download...
Please find attached Circular 073/2020 re Special Leave with Pay for Covid-19
Please also find attached Circular 074/2020 and accompanying appendices re updated FAQ’s re working arrangements and leave associated with Covid 19. Click the following links to view/download...
Following an engagement process under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), it has been agreed that the following arrangements will apply to public health service employees who are eligible for Special Leave with Pay for COVID-19 and normally receive unsocial hours premium payments based on their roster.
Press release reting to above:
Below are a few communications updates for you.
Public Health Measures
Since the start of the pandemic the HSE’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (AMRIC) has published or updated over 100 guidelines and protocols to help healthcare staff, service providers and the public reduce the spread of COVID-19. Three important new guidelines have been published this month and one update that reflect the Government Framework levels 1 – 5. Please familiarise yourself with guidance that is relevant for your service.