Update on the COVID-19 vaccine

Update on the COVID-19 vaccine | Watch live | 20 January 2021 | 5.30pm

Join us for this important update on the COVID-19 vaccine

This webinar will provide an important update on the COVID-19 vaccine. It will look at the COVID-19 vaccines currently available and those yet to be approved. It will also provide an insight into the complexities and challenges of rolling out the vaccine in a healthcare setting.

This live webinar is available to Members and Fellows of RCPI, doctors on RCPI training programmes and doctors on RCPI Professional Competence Schemes. 

About this event

As part of the COVID-19: Update for Clinicians series, this webinar will be broadcast live at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 20 January 2021. 

Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and newly appointed member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), will chair the session.

Speaking at this event will be:

  • Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, will provide insights on the COVID-19 vaccines – those that are currently available and those yet to be approved. Prof Butler is also a member of the Vaccine Alliance and a newly appointed member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). NIAC developed Provisional Vaccine Allocation Groups to receive the vaccines as they become available which were considered and adopted by Government.

  • Professor John Gallagher, a Specialist in Occupational Medicine and Adjunct Professor in Occupational Medicine at the College of Medicine and Health at UCC, will focus on the complexities and challenges of rolling out the vaccine in a healthcare setting. 

  • Professor Martin Cormican, National Clinical Lead for HCAI and AMR, Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway and Consultant Microbiologist

These talks will be followed by a live questions and answers session. 

Can't attend? Recordings will be available to watch online afterwards

There are limited places available for the live webinar. If you are unable to book a place, you will be able to watch videos of all of the talks on Panopto, our video sharing platform.

How to join this webinar

First, you must book your place at the webinar on this web page. On the day, you must sign into our virtual learning environment RCPI Brightspace.

On the day of the event, the steps are:

  • Log in to www.rcpi.ie with your username and password (the same credentials used to book this event)
  • Click on the link for RCPI Brightspace
  • In your list of courses you will see Update on the COVID-19 vaccine Click on this.
  • Click on "Join the Live Webinar" - This will launch Zoom, the system we are using for live webinars

Note, the webinar will only become available to watch at 5.30pm on the day, but we recommend logging in ten minutes ahead of time.

To join this webinar on Zoom you will need a computer (Windows or Apple) or mobile device with internet access and speakers.

If you're joining on a computer

If you're joining the webinar on a computer you can use the Zoom desktop website. You do not need to download the Zoom app - if you see a pop up message about the app, you can dismiss this.

The Zoom website functions best on Google Chrome.

When you click on the link for "Join the Live Webinar" you will see a message asking you to open Zoom. Click on “Open Zoom”.

You will then be asked for your name and email address. Once you’ve entered these details, click on “Join Webinar”.

If you’re joining on a mobile device

If you're watching the webinar on a mobile device you will need to download the Zoom app. To save time on the day, we recommend downloading the app in advance:

Click here for the iOS Zoom app

Click here for the Android Zoom app

When you open the Zoom app click on “Join a Meeting”. You will need to enter the meeting ID number. The ID number for this week's event will be sent to you via email beforehand.

You can find additional help with joining Zoom webinars here

How to submit questions to the panel

Before the event

If you have any questions for our panel please email them to courses@rcpi.ie and we will endeavour to have these answered as part of the event. Alternatively, you can submit questions via Twitter @RCPI_news.

During the event

We are now using Zoom to broadcast our live webinars. When you open Zoom to watch the live webinar you will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event.

To submit questions to the panel:

  • Open the Q&A window in Zoom while you are watching the live event
  • Type your question into the Q&A box and click Send
  • Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A

 It may not be possible to answer all questions we receive.