COVID-19 Member Update

Read the latest member updates, including information on patients returning from international travel & a guide for members resuming classes

V29 – Guide to members on providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Available here: www.iscp.ie/file_downloader.php?file_id=1872
New:

  • Patients Returning from International Travel
  • AMRIC educational resources

Updated:

  • IPC for acute hospital settings

 


Patients Returning from International Travel

COVID-19 screening prior to attendance for physiotherapy must include questions with regards to returning from International Travel.

Quarantine requirements are dictated to by country of travel and vaccination status. These details are also available in V29 Guide to members on providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

International Travel

New advice and rules for international travel, came into effect in Ireland on 19 July gov.ie - Government advice on international travel (www.gov.ie).

Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.

Vaccine approved by European medicine Agency

For the purposes of travel, you are considered vaccinated if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency with recommended number of days after the final dose

 Passengers arriving   into Ireland from   inside EU + Iceland,   Lichtenstein,   Norway, Switzerland

No travel-related testing or quarantine necessary if:

  • you have valid proof of vaccination
  • you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID in the past 180 days

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country

Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

Please note: This includes those arriving from Great Britain                   

Emergency brake mechanism To protect its citizens against importation of variants of COVID-19, an ‘emergency brake’ mechanism will be coordinated at EU level to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest.Government advice will be to avoid travel to a country where the emergency brake has been applied.
  Requirements
If your journey originates in a country to which an emergency brake has not been applied No travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
  • If you have valid proof of vaccination
  • If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days
If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:
  • Present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • If you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine
If your journey originates in a country to which an emergency brake has been applied If you have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to:
  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo self-quarantine
  • if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine
If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, you will need to:
  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo self-quarantine
  • if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine
If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:
  • present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result taken in previous 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo mandatory hotel quarantine
  • if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 10 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine


Guide for members resuming classes

The guidance with regards to resuming with indoor classes remains unchanged.

The ISCP suggests that where physiotherapists can determine that staff providing rehabilitation classes and attendees are all fully vaccinated, combined with a full risk assessment (as previously used) they could consider recommencing in-person classes from 5th July onwards.  In addition to providers and attendees being vaccinated, resumption of rehabilitation classes should be guided by an informed risk assessment on a class-by-class basis and the need to comply with HSE and HPSC COVID-19 infection prevention control guidelines.

Please refer also to the ISCP checklist www.iscp.ie/file_downloader.php?file_id=1722 which provides points to include when undertaking your risk assessment such as numbers proportionate to space, accessing and exiting building, ventilation, etc. The aim of this guidance is to support reopening of services while acknowledging ongoing risk of COVID-19 and community transmission pending deployment of the full national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Prior to resuming with indoor rehabilitation classes, consideration needs to be given to:

  • Purpose of the class – potential rehabilitation, therapeutic outcomes
  • Limit attendance to those with vaccine protection
  • Limit to provision by physiotherapists with full vaccination protection 

Where possible:

  • Continue to deliver classes by telehealth
  • Continue with 1:1
  • Continue with outdoor classes


Our priority is to continue to keep you informed. If you have any questions, comments or resources to share with us, please get in touch by emailing info@iscp.ie

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