LAST UPDATED Thursday, 22nd October
The Department of the Taoiseach issued an updated statement of COVID-19 public health measures on 19th October 2021. You can view the statement here
To access indoor dining in the Carlovian dining hall, please present your Digital COVID Certificate to Catering Staff before taking a seat. This applies to all staff and students.
It is very important that students who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been advised to self-isolate, do not come onto the College campus.
For further information about the return to campus in September 2021 for new and continuing students, visit our ‘Return to Campus’ hub.
Wider information on the student experience and supports can be accessed here
There are many support services available to our students and it matters very much to us that each student feels cared for by the Carlow College community. Please do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
Protect yourself and others
For the latest Health advice, visit the HSE website
You can find information here about the public health measures in place.
You can find the public health measures here.
You can book a COVID-19 test via the online booking system for testing centres. To book a test, log on to our system here. You can also show up without an appointment, but you may not have to wait as long if you book online.
You should get tested if you have a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above) or chills AND one of the following symptoms:
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath
- breathing difficulties
- loss of taste or smell
To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.
Full details of how to get tested are available here.
Restricted movements and self-isolation
Restricted movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. You will need to do this if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus and you are still well.
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect someone, the virus has to get from an infected person’s nose or mouth into another person’s eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keeping this in mind will help you to remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus. The most important action we can take to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19 is regular hand washing and good respiratory hygiene.
Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to follow this advice too:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. Or use an alcohol based hand rub.
- If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow. Have tissues available.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
While we strongly encourage all staff and students to take up the vaccine, it is not mandatory.
However, the more of us who are vaccinated the more it helps reduce transmission and the health consequences if you do catch the virus. It is therefore important to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
- Check here for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
- Find the vaccine information materials at https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/covid-19-resources-and-translations/covid-19-vaccine-materials/
- Details on COVID-19 vaccines administered are available here
- Read the full COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy
- Read the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Chapter about COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine information for health professionals
- Information in Irish Sign Language: information resources on the COVID-19 vaccines in Irish Sign Language are available here.
- COVID-19 vaccines easy read and accessible information formats are available here.
Anyone over the age of 12 years can currently register to get the vaccine. Further information is available here
Additional COVID-19 Vaccination dose for those who are immunocompromised
Having a weak immune system puts you at higher risk of serious illness if you get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated will give you some protection against this.
If you have a weak immune system, you may be offered another COVID-19 vaccine dose to give you better protection.
You can find information on who may need an additional COVID-10 vaccine dose here.
Hospitals will identify the people who need an additional dose. You do not need to register of contact anyone. People who need an additional dose will receive a text message with an appointment for their vaccine. These additional doses will be given through HSE vaccination centre near you, or your hospital if you’re an inpatient. GPs may also vaccinate some people.
As the flu season rapidly approaches, students and staff are encouraged to get the flu jab to protect themselves and avoid unnecessary disruption to your College studies.
Information on the Flu vaccine is available here
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