Irish nursing home staff among first in Europe to use Health Passport Europe mobile technology to support vaccinations

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Ireland, 15th January 2021 – CareChoice Nursing Home Group has announced that staff will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination status on the Irish-engineered Health Passport Europe digital platform, which allows people to securely store and display their COVID-19 vaccine status, along with COVID-19 test results and travel certifications. The Dungarvan Nursing Home will be amongst the first nursing homes in Ireland to deploy vaccinations for their staff this week.

The Health Passport Europe digital platform has been developed to support the official COVID-19 vaccination status and includes a specific status based on whether the user has received one or two doses of the Pfizer vaccination. CareChoice facilities have already successfully used Health Passport Europe to support rapid COVID-19 testing for staff since October 2020. 

“Europe is entering a critical phase in the fight against COVID-19 and the Health Passport Europe digital platform has a key role to play, supporting vaccinations and testing. Tens of thousands of people are already using the seamless technology in Ireland and abroad for presenting their COVID-19 test status, where it quickly became an important tool for people travelling over the Christmas period. The platform is set to support the reopening of many industries including travel, tourism, events, sports, and business”, said Robert Quirke, founder of Health Passport Europe. 

Irish nursing home staff at CareChoice Nursing Home Dungarvan among first in Europe to use Health Passport Europe mobile technology to support vaccinations this week. The digital platform, engineering in Ireland, allows people to securely store and display their COVID-19 vaccine status, along with COVID-19 test results and travel certification securely and efficiently, with details uploaded by healthcare professionals. The app also includes a specific status based on whether the user has received one or two doses of the Pfizer vaccination. Pictured is Natalia Thielmann of Health Passport Europe with her vaccine status displayed on her mobile device. Picture Dylan Vaughan

“Our secure system has been engineered to safely house test results, vaccination certificates, and travel documents which are immediately and securely available within the person’s app, with the details updated and administered to the platform by healthcare professionals.  As we progress in overcoming the pandemic, having an efficient and secure system will be essential to support the reopening of our economy,” said Robert. 

Gerry Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CareChoice Group said, “we are delighted to partner with Health Passport Europe on this initiative. We have been using the platform as part of our COVID screening programme and it has provided great assurance to our staff, their families and residents.”

In addition to CareChoice, Hamilton Park Nursing Home confirms that staff members will be vaccinated in January and offered the use of Health Passport Europe to assist with an efficient deployment of vaccines.

David Pratt, Managing Director at Hamilton Park Nursing Home, Balbriggan said: “We have gone the extra mile to keep our staff and residents safe throughout the pandemic, including the use of the Health Passport Europe platform which has helped us to ensure that anyone entering our facility has been tested and has a negative test result.”

“Now that a vaccine is being rolled out for our staff and we continue to comply with all protocols and guidelines, the technology will really support us in maintaining our highest levels of health and safety for everyone connected to our care facility,” concluded David.

The Health Passport Europe mobile technology is in use at leading testing facilities including V1 Medical, Cara Pharmacy, Murrays Pharmacy, Medel Healthcare, Life Pharmacy, Gallery Quay Pharmacy, SureHealth, RocDoc, Union Quay Medical Centre, CarePlus, MyCorkGP and many more where customers can quickly receive their test results and documentation straight to their app without delay.

For more information on Health Passport Europe visit www.healthpassporteurope.com .

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