Covid -19 Vaccination Service
For those who are eligible for Primacy Course,1st booster if 12 years & over, a booster dose if pregnant (if is 1st booster at any stage of pregnancy and if is 2nd ideally at 20-34weeks) and those who are due there autumn/winter booster dose.
The COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine are two separate vaccines. You can get can both at the same time in opposite arms if you are in the eligible cohorts and due a COVID-19 vaccine dose.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Primary Course (available in Pharmacy)
Some people have not had any dose of COVID-19 vaccinations.
A primacy course is:
- recommended for anyone aged 12 years and older
- you must wait at least 4 weeks since you tested positive for COVID-19 or developed symptoms or 4 weeks from your first positive PCR if you did not have symptoms if 30 years and over and for those aged 5 to 29 at least 8 weeks
Dose intervals between your first and second dose depend on your age for anyone 30 years and older it is 4 weeks and those 5 to 29 it is 8 weeks.
COVID-19 Booster Vaccine
The protection from previous doses or a COVID-19 infection may weaken over time. Booster doses help boost your antibodies and give you good protection from becoming seriously ill or needing to go to the hospital if you get COVID-19.
First Booster Dose (available in Pharmacy)
Some people have not had their first booster dose.
At least one booster is:
- recommended for anyone aged 18 and older
- available for anyone aged 12
You must wait 4 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine or COVID-19 infection before receiving your first booster vaccine.
For some people who need protection sooner, you can get your first booster 3 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine or infection.
People under 16 must attend their booster appointment with a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian will need to give consent for their child’s vaccination.
Booster Doses While Pregnant (available in Pharmacy)
If you have never had a COVID-19 booster, you can get a booster at any stage in your pregnancy.
You must wait 4 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine or COVID-19 infection.
If You had a Booster Before this Pregnancy
You can get a COVID-19 booster once in this pregnancy. You must wait 6 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
- The best time to get your booster dose is between 20 and 34 weeks. But you can get it at any stage of pregnancy.
- If it has been more than 12 months since you had a COVID-19 vaccine or infection, you may be offered a booster dose earlier in your pregnancy.
You can check the date of your last vaccine on your digital COVID-19 certificate.
Autumn Booster Dose (will be available in pharmacy)
A booster dose will be available from the 2nd October 2023 if you are:
- Anyone aged 50 years and older
- Anyone aged 5 or older with a weak immune system
- Anyone aged 5 to 49 with a condition that puts you at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19
- A healthcare worker
Please note that groups are subject to regular change by the HSE - check the HSE website here for the latest eligibility information. COVID-19 Booster Vaccines are only available from pharmacies for anyone aged 12 years and over.
*Subject to eligibility criteria, trained pharmacist and vaccine availability. Selected StayWell Pharmacies only.
How to Book an Appointment:
COVID-19 vaccine stock can be limited. If StayWell Pharmacies have availability, they will open for waitlist registrations or appointment bookings online or in store. If you are unable to book an appointment online or register for the waitlist with your local CarePlus Pharmacy, it is because they currently have no availability.
You can book an appointment or register on the waitlist for vaccines online for selected StayWell Pharmacies* by clicking on the “Book” button, or alternatively you book an appointment in store or by calling the pharmacy.
Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine and your Appointment
Please do not attend your appointment if you:
- Have any current symptoms of COVID-19
- Have been told you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- Have been told you should isolate
- You should allow at least 20 minutes for your vaccination appointment. After getting the vaccine, you may be under observation for 15 minutes
- If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact the pharmacy as soon as you can
- Adults should arrive for their vaccination unaccompanied where possible. Children aged 12- 15 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or an adult who is eligible to give legal consent. Who can give consent for vaccination of a young person aged under 16 years?
On the Day of your Vaccine Appointment:
- Please wear a loose-fitting top so that your upper arm is easily accessible
- Bring your phone, photo ID and a face covering
- If this is your second vaccination dose, please bring your vaccination record card
Vaccine Information Leaflets:
Please read the relevant information leaflets below about your assigned vaccine prior to your appointment. Leaflets will also be available at the pharmacy when you arrive for your vaccination.
General vaccine information:
Booster vaccine information for healthcare workers:
General booster vaccine information:
- For more information, read the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet. This will be printed for you on the day you get your vaccine, or you can find it on hse.ie/covid19vaccinePIL
- You can visit the HSE website at hse.ie/covid19vaccineor call HSELive on 1850 24 1850
- For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including materials in other formats and translation support, visit: hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerials