Staff at a hotel used for people in mandatory quarantine are missing Covid-19 tests.
Testing is offered to staff at the Crowne Plaza in Santry on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8am to 10.30am.
Only rostered staff are allowed on-site at any time due to Covid-19 restrictions, meaning those who do not work those specific hours are missing out on testing.
Emails to staff, seen by the Irish Examiner, state: “If you are due to work on one of these mornings please drop in to see the HSE team on that morning. Please ensure that you make every effort to attend at one of these sessions every week.”
However, due to the narrow window for testing, many who work in the hotel are not being tested because they do not work during the specified hours and days.
One staff member who spoke to the Irish Examiner said: “The Covid tests for staff are scheduled in the mornings so the majority of staff can’t access them:
Some Tifco Hotel Group management personnel were vaccinated in March by the HSE at a centre operated by the National Ambulance Service at St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix Park.
Most of the staff who deal with the rooms where guests are staying have not been vaccinated.