Public Health Message from Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health, HSE North East:
“As Director of Public Health in the HSE North East Department of Public Health, covering the four counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Louth & Meath, I am reaching out to each of you in the Public Participation Networks to ask for your support and feedback in our efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates in your community.
The national COVID-19 case numbers are rising yet again and our Department has seen a significant increase in the North East counties during the past week. We have also noticed that the vaccination uptake rates in many of the Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) within our four counties are lower than the national average.
COVID-19 vaccination is a safe and effective measure we can all take in order to protect ourselves and others from severe infection, hospitalisation, and even death. The HSE North East Department of Public Health, Community Health, Social Inclusion, and the four County Councils are urging people, to come forward to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, in an effort to improve vaccination uptake in the region.
The North East Department of Public Health is working on a number of strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates in the region. In addition to the media campaigns, examples of initiatives undertaken so far in our region include: providing information sessions in a range of workplaces and Direct Provision Centres, providing signposts to translated information in 38 different languages, targeted social media campaigns, pop-up vaccination centres and dedicated vaccination clinics for hard to reach communities.”