Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Below is the latest information RE: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Last Updated: 21st September 2021 (at 16:32)

 

** Latest CMO Letters **

 

  1. HSS(MD) 66/2021 - 20.09.2021 - Advice on Third Primary Dose for Covid-19 Vaccination is available HERE

  2. HSS(MD) 64/2021 - 15.09.2021 - Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2021/22 is available HERE

  3. HSS(MD) 62/2021 - 27.08.2021 - Shingles Vaccination Programme - Eligibility Criteria for 2021/22 and introduction of Shingrix for Immunocompromised is available HERE

  4. HSS(MD) 59/2021 - 20.08.2021 - Policy Change for HSC Staff Advised to Isolate as a Close Contact is available HERE

  5. HSS(MD) 57/2021 - 09.08.2021 - Pause on Vaccination of Low Priority Groups and Change to the Ordering Process for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine HERE

  6. HSS(MD) 47/2021 - 23.07.2021 - Personal Protective Equipment and Heat: Risk of Heat Stress is available HERE

  7. HSS(MD) 39/2021 - 10.06.2021 - Change of Dose Interval Between COVID-19 Vaccines is available HERE

  8. HSS(MD) 35/2021 - 07.05.2021 - Use of the Astrazeneca Vaccine: Advice on Updated JCVI Statement is available HERE

  9. HSS(MD) 34/2021 - 29.04.2021 - MHRA and JCVI Announcement regarding Astrazeneca Vaccine Updated Contraindications and Next Steps is available HERE

  10. HSS(MD) 15/2021 - 29.01.2021 - COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert - Antimicrobials (Azithromycin and Doxycycline) not Beneficial in the Management of COVID-19 - (SARS-CoV-2) Postitive Patients is available HERE

  11. HSS(MD) 13/2021 - 28.01.2021 - Updated Guidance on Timing of COVID-19 Vaccine Dosing Interval in Patients due to Receive Treatment with Immunosuppressants is available HERE

  12. HSS(MD) 4/2021 - 08.01.2021 - Timing of Interval between COVID-19 Vaccine Doses is available HERE

  13. HSS(MD) 92/2020 - 05.01.2021 - New Variant of SARS-COV-2 Virus in South Africa; Actions for the Health Service in Northern Ireland in available HERE

  14. HSS(MD) 94/2020 - 04.01.2021 - CMO Letters regarding the UK COVID-19 Vaccination programmes are available HERE and HERE.  A short statement from the JCVI about first dose prioritisation is also available HERE.  An extract from the CEM CMO 2020 / 044 Green Book is also available HERE

  15. HSS(MD) 93/2020 - 30.12.2020 - Deployment of the Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccine in Northern Ireland and Updated JCVI Advice on COVID-19 Vaccines is available HERE

  16. HSS(MD) 91/2020 - 23.12.2020 - COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert - Therapeutic Anti-Coagulation (Heparin) in the Management of Severe COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Positive Patients is available HERE

  17. HSS(MD) 84/2020 - 10.12.2020 - Pfizer Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine - Updated Guidance on Managing Allergic Reactions is available HERE

  18. HSS(MD) 82/2020 - 07.12.2020 - Deployment of the COVID-19 Vaccine in Northern Ireland is available HERE

  19. Letter to the Profession from the 4 UK CMO's - 04.12.2020 - RE: Winter Vaccines and Research is available HERE

  20. HSS(MD) 77/2020 - 17.11.2020 - Expression of Interest to all Registered Health Care Professionals to become Sessional Vaccinators to Help Implement the Forthcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is available HERE

  21. HSS(MD) 70/2020 - 06.10.2020 - COVID-19 - Shielding Guidance for Children and Young People: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is available HERE

  22. HSS(MD) 67/2020 - 17.09.2020 - Minimising Risks of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings is available HERE.

  23. HSS(MD) 26/2020 - 19.04.2020 - COVID-19 PPE Guidance Update is available HERE

 

** Useful Links for Optometrists (should be reviewed regularly) **

  • Public Health Agency (PHA) - LINK

  • UK Government Response - LINK

  • PHE Guidance to health professionals - LINK

  • PHE guidance for primary care LINK

  • Click HERE to access the College of Optometrists guidance for all home nations.

Bulletins

  1. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.1 is available HERE.

  2. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.2 is available HERE.

  3. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.3 is available HERE

  4. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.4 is available HERE.

  5. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.5 is available HERE.

  6. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.6 is available HERE.

  7. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.7 is available HERE.

  8. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.8 is available HERE

  9. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.9 is available HERE

  10. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.10 is available HERE

  11. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.11 is available HERE

  12. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.12 is available HERE

  13. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.13 is available HERE

  14. Optometry COVID-19 Bulletin No.14 is available HERE

 

Optometry CPD and Training: Webinars and Events is available HERE

 

Key Information

  1. Re-establishment of Primary Care Ophthalmic Services - Operational Guidance (v6) (21.09.2021) is available HERE

  2. Letter from Raymond Curran, HSCB - RE: Lateral Flow Testing for staff within Primary Care settings - confirmation of steps (11.05.2021) is available HERE

  3. PHE - COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance (21.01.2021) is available HERE

  4. Letter to Community Optometrists RE: COVID Vaccination (11.01.2021) is available HERE

  5. Letter to Optometry Contractors RE: Eyecare Service Provision during current COVID-19 Restriction Period (08.01.2021) is available HERE

  6. Letter to Optometry Contractors RE: Vaccine Programme (07.01.2021) is available HERE

  7. Letter from HSCB - RE: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for General Ophthalmic Services (10.12.2020) is available HERE 

  8. Letter from Dr Brid Farrell, PHA RE: COVID-19 Antibody Testing Study (03.12.2020) is available HERE

  9. Letter from HSCB - RE: Supporting Optical Professions throughout the Pandemic (27.11.2020) is available HERE

  10. RNIB and Guide Dogs launch guidance on Social Distancing for NI (20.08.2020) - Social Distancing Guidelines is available HERE and Guidance from RNIB and Guide Dogs on Social Distancing is available HERE

  11. For NI PEARS carried out from 29th June 2020 please see MOS 333 HERE 

  12. Recommended PPE Poster - Primary Outpatient & Community Care Settings is available HERE

  13. Optometrist Key worker confirmation is available HERE

  14. Letter to Ophthalmic Contractors RE: HSC Complaints during COVID-19 (26.03.2020) is available HERE

  15. COVID-19 Optometry Contractors_Patient Signature Guidance (20.03.2020) is available HERE

  16. COVID-19 Optometry Business Continuity Plan (March 2020) is available HERE.