Nphet considers compulsory Covid vaccination of healthcare workers

Compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for health workers must be considered by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet).

At its November 11 meeting, Nphet members discussed the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers in other countries.

The meeting noted the complexities surrounding the practice.

It decided that the relevant ethical, legal and practical issues should be thoroughly examined before considering any action.

He welcomed the suggestion that the Ministry of Health prepare a factual document on the subject for consideration at a future meeting.

Currently, vaccination is voluntary, but the HSE said it has systems in place to assess the risks if a staff member is not vaccinated and to redeploy them from roles to patients.

The meeting took note of the most recent data on the measurement of social activity (SAM) which showed that workplaces accounted for the largest share of close contact after cleaning, with a gradual increase in early September.

It was noted that returning to the workplace involves a potential increase in contact, both directly – at the workplace itself – and indirectly by going to the workplace and returning with related activities. .

The meeting was informed that ventilation continues to be an important factor in mitigating the risk of far-field aerosol transmission.

However, it has been cautioned that ventilation will have minimal impact on droplet transmission or through close contact – and therefore cannot be a stand-alone measure.

He noted that as we move into winter and socialize more and more indoors, it is time to remind individuals and sectors of the importance of ventilation in private households and places. public.

Ventilation should not be viewed as a stand-alone measure, but rather as a single part of the comprehensive multi-level response required to reduce the risk of transmission, and an adjunct to the continued need to adhere to the health package. public.

The Health Protection Surveillance Center will soon release updated guidance on ventilation, taking into account new and emerging evidence. Members suggested that following the publication of this guidance, consideration should be given to how best to support and incentivize sectors to ensure that they follow good ventilation practices as part of the set of necessary public health measures.

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