Pharmacists are advised not to confront customers who refuse to wear masks even though the pharmacy is a healthcare facility.
The question was was raised yesterday by several employees about their need to wear masks in pharmacies, which are both healthcare facilities and retail stores.
While mask-wearing is no longer mandatory in stores as of yesterday – and healthcare facilities are still designated as areas where masks should be used – this rule is no longer in effect. the law.
Darragh O’Loughlin, head of the Pharmaceutical Union of Ireland (IPU), yesterday said there could be customers who insist on not wearing masks, and in those situations, pharmacists “shouldn’t be confrontational but serve them quickly so they can leave”.
The The IPU had to issue guidance after being contacted by several staff members about their right to refuse to wear masks. It says the mandatory requirement has been dropped but public health advice is that they continue to be worn in healthcare settings.
“There are people going in and out of the pharmacy who are immunocompromised,” Mr. O’Loughlin said. We have to protect these people.”
Yesterday, he said as deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said the advice is to wear a mask wherever you feel is appropriate, especially in healthcare settings and Public transport.
Mr O’Loughlin said we were in “a broadly positive position” regarding the virus with 47 Covid-19 patients in intensive care yesterday, the lowest number since August. last year.
He note that 60pc of these patients did not receive the booster vaccine and recommend those who are eligible to have it.
Meanwhile, Sarah Lennon of Sage Advocacy, which provides support and advocacy for vulnerable adults in Ireland, yesterday said some nursing homes have introduced their own visitation restrictions , which is causing “suffering” for the people who have suffered so much during the pandemic.
“We are very well aware that despite existing guidance on visiting nursing homes and updated infection prevention and control guidelines for nursing homes, some Service providers are restricting visits.
“While many nursing homes are following visitation guidelines, some nursing home care providers have introduced restrictions on visitation and this is causing significant distress and discomfort to residents. residents and their loved ones.
“We know safe, meaningful visits are vitally important to the mental health and well-being of both nursing home residents and their loved ones, and it doesn’t matter and connect with loved ones residents have really suffered during the pandemic.”
She said everyone living in a nursing home has the right to have or refuse visitors to and from the nursing home. We cannot have one rule for the rest of society and leave nursing home residents alone, she added.
In response, Tadhg Daly of Nursing Home Ireland said it supported the guidance and urged visitors to remain vigilant, adhere to infection prevention and control measures and wear a mask during their visit to the hospital. nursing.
“This is a prudent request from guests visiting homes where an outbreak could result in residents being quarantined for ten days. When an outbreak occurs, nursing homes are guided by public health,” said Daly.
“A resident may choose to receive a visit from a designated facilitator in accordance with public health guidelines and there is a requirement for visitors to be aware of the risks involved.
“With more than 300 outbreaks in nursing homes today, there is a shared responsibility to protect nursing home residents.”
It’s called HSE . are planning to switch to a new surveillance method to track the spread of the virus as PCR testing is scaled down. This will involve more reliance on GPs as well as census takers.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/pharmacists-told-to-serve-unmasked-customers-quickly-and-avoid-confrontation-41396317.html Covid-19 Ireland: Pharmacists told to ‘quickly serve exposed customers’ and avoid confrontation