Covid-19 Vaccination FAQ's for Staff

Information reviewed and updated on January 24th 2022

Anyone who gets Covid 19 can become seriously ill or have long term effects. A Covid 19 vaccine is the best way to protect both yourself and others. Research has shown that vaccines:

  • significantly reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid 19
  • reduce your risk of getting symptoms of Covid 19
  • will help you reduce your risk of catching and spreading Covid 19.

Further information on Covid 19 vaccinations and how they work is available at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/how-covid-19-vaccines-work/

Details of how to book a vaccine and walk in vaccine centres can be found at https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/find-a-covid-19-vaccination-centre/

 

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Yes. Staff may take time off without impacting on their annual leave or sick leave entitlements to obtain a Covid 19 vaccination. If requested staff can confirm with their Line Manager via sharing of their confirmation text from the HSE the time and date of their vaccine (no records of same will be retained by the Line Manager). 

If you are unfit for work following a reaction to a Covid 19 vaccine then you should manage this absence via the usual UCD sick leave arrangements (https://www.ucd.ie/hr/leave/sickleave/) (see https://www.gov.ie/en/news/092fff-update-on-working-arrangements-and-leave-associated-with-covid-19-fo/ for further information).

At this time there is no requirement for mandatory Covid vaccinations.

However, there may be some workplace tasks for which a vaccine is identified as a necessary Covid 19 risk control measure, and these tasks may be restricted to those persons who are vaccinated, for example working in some healthcare settings in in laboratories handling Covid 19 material.  

Vaccine passports will not be required for accessing the workplace or teaching activities. 

At this time you are advised not to seek clarification of any other persons vaccination status unless this is required for workplace health and safety reasons in healthcare or similar settings. Collecting personal medical information without due cause may give rise to significant data protection issues.

No, you cannot treat vaccinated and unvaccinated persons differently.

It is highly unlikely that all persons on campus will be vaccinated on an ongoing basis. Any Covid 19 risk control measures advised by public health as being necessary at a given time will be implemented in order to further reduce the risk. For example these additional risk control measures include increased  ventilation and the use of face coverings.

Under review 24/01/2022

For work related activities you will not be required to disclose your vaccination status unless you work in a setting where a covid vaccination is a required safety measure, such as in a healthcare setting.


Under current regulations you are required to provide proof of vaccination to access cafes and restaurants on campus.

In line with current public health guidance you are strongly encouraged to get a Covid 19 vaccine. You should continue to adhere to all current public health guidelines on limiting the spread of Covid 19.

Structured Rapid antigen testing is in place for a limited number of activities where it’s use has been deemed appropriate, e.g. residential fieldtrips.


In addition the SIRC Office will utilise rapid antigen testing for targeted outbreak management.


For further information on rapid antigen testing on campus see https://www.ucd.ie/sirc/coronavirus/rapidantigentesting/ 

The public health advice at this time is that persons who are at higher risk from Covid 19 should be vaccinated if medically appropriate.

Persons in high risk groups will be protected by the control measures that are in place on campus and can return to on campus work.

Persons in very high risk groups may be required to undergo a medical assessment before returning to on campus work. Persons in higher risk groups should in the first instance discuss any concerns they may have about their return to work with their Line Manager.