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Nursing home visitors to be asked to show vaccine pass

According to a new document published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), visitors to nursing homes will be required to present their Covid-19 vaccine pass before entering the premises.

The advice will be implemented from Monday along with the requirement of window visits to be allowed at all times.

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However, the advice notes that the term visitor does not include Essential Service Providers (ESP) such as healthcare, legal, financial, advocacy and regulatory services.

Although ESP’s should be fully vaccinated, the document states that they cannot be denied access to the premises.

The advocacy group Care Champions has called on the Government to clarify if there are any consequences for nursing homes that don’t adhere to the new guidance.

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It said that when concerns are raised about nursing homes not adhering to guidance, ministers advise them to communicate with individual nursing homes which the group says is “unacceptable”.

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