10 August 2021
By Elaine Murphy
Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central, Thomas Gould, has today called on the HSE to ensure that all forms of valid ID are accepted in vaccine clinics.
Deputy Gould said:
“I was contacted last week by a constituent who had been turned away from Pairc Ui Chaoimh for his second dose vaccine as they wouldn’t accept his employer issued ID despite him using this for his first dose.
“When I contacted the HSE, they sent me on the list of IDs they would accept but they must realise that not everyone has one of these. Given the current backlogs in passport and driving licence applications, there has to be some leniency given when people attend their vaccine appointment.
“Getting the population vaccinated has to be our top priority. Being turned away at the vaccine center is not the way to do this. The loss of additional pay and the need to take more time off from work could act as a barrier to people.
“The HSE need to be clear that everybody can get a vaccine and that any ID will be accepted. Those checking these IDs must be able to use their own discretion.”
What does the HSE website say?
“…You will also need a photo ID that shows your date of birth. Bring this to both of your vaccination appointments.
Your photo ID can be your:
- passport – book or card
- driving licence
- Public Services Card
- travel pass
- National Age Card – issued by the Gardaí
- school or college ID
If your photo ID does not have your date of birth on it, you should also bring a copy of your birth cert or some other documentation that has your date of birth.
If you are 18 or older, you will not be vaccinated if you do not have photo ID.”