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dc.contributor.authorWorkplace Health & Wellbeing Unit
dc.contributor.authorClinical Advisory Group on COVID-19
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-14T10:34:40Z
dc.date.available2020-10-23T16:02:36Z
dc.date.available2021-05-10T11:33:48Z
dc.date.available2022-01-14T10:34:40Z
dc.date.issued2021-07-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/628432
dc.descriptionCertain people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. See https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/people-at-higher-risk.html for ‘High’ and ‘very high’ risk categories. These ‘High’ and ‘Very High Risk’ HCWs will be termed ‘At Risk’ for the purposes of this guidance. As per the government guidance, Very High Risk or ‘Vulnerable’ Healthcare Workers should not be at work. See ‘Guidance on cocooning to protect people over 70 years and those extremely medically vulnerable from COVID-19’ - https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/923825-guidance-on-cocooning-to-protect-people-over-70-years-and-those-extr/. These HCW can provide their manager with a letter from their treating specialist confirming their ‘Very High Risk HCW’ status. There is no requirement for Occupational Health input. As transmission of the COVID-19 virus is continuing, and non-COVID services are reopening, we must consider how Healthcare Workers (HCWs) in the higher risk categories can safely return to the workplace. While these HCWs will be required to follow government advice on restrictions under the “Plan for Living with COVID 19”, assessment for their fitness to return to work can proceed. The overall process is outlined in Appendix 1. The Government guidelines ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol - COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers’, state ‘if an ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable worker’ cannot work from home and must be in the workplace, employers must make sure that they are preferentially supported to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. However, employers should enable vulnerable workers to work from home where possible’. Therefore, if the HCW is carrying out a role they can continue to provide from home, they must continue to do so. This is interim guidance which will be updated as further research information becomes available and as COVID-19 vaccination is provided for at-risk HCWs.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherHealth Service Executiveen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGD:10:03.1en_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectCORONAVIRUSen_US
dc.subjectHEALTHCARE WORKERSen_US
dc.subjectOCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETYen_US
dc.subjectVULNERABLE POPULATIONSen_US
dc.subjectPREGNANCYen_US
dc.titleGuidance on Fitness for Work of Healthcare Workers in the Higher Risk Categories, including Pregnant Healthcare Workers [v10.04]en_US
dc.typeGuidelineen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executiveen_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-10-23T16:02:37Z


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