Public health advice in relation to Covid-19 and pregnancy is provided by the HSE at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus-and-pregnancy.html . This advice is based on the latest evidence available and is kept under review.
It is important to note that, at this point in time, the HSE has not categorised pregnant women as falling within the High Risk or Very High Risk groups in relation to Covid-19 (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/people-at-higher-risk.html).
DCEDIY does not have an employer role in relation to the staff in Early Learning and Care (ELC) or School-Age Childcare (SAC) services and so it cannot provide occupational health advice or services. It is a matter for individual employers to work with pregnant employees (as they do with all vulnerable employees) to assess their work environment and make relevant adjustments, as appropriate to their circumstances. In doing so they should take the HSE advice on high risk, very high risk and pregnancy into consideration.
ELC and SAC practitioners are advised to speak with their GP if they have particular concerns about their own situation.
to set out the requirements and the Department of Social Protection will be happy to help.
. The Department will be happy to review cases where these complaints arise. Employers can be assured that officials in the Department will follow up on these notifications.