Vaccines for COVID-19
COVID-19 vaccines are medicines that should give you protection from serious illness with COVID-19. They help your body to defend itself against the virus.
When you are given a vaccine, this is called vaccination. The HSE has general information on vaccines and vaccination in Ireland.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge. You cannot get it privately.
A number of COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in Ireland. You can get more information on the safety and side-effects of vaccines from the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Which COVID-19 vaccine dose or booster dose should I get?
Many of the vaccines are given in 2 or 3 separate doses, a few weeks apart. This is called the first round of vaccination. You can get a booster dose after your first round of vaccinations are complete.
How to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster
Check on the HSE website when to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
To get a COVID-19 vaccine you can:
- Book an appointment at a vaccination centre
- Book an appointment with a participating pharmacy (for people aged 12 and over)
- Go to a walk-in vaccination centre
When to get COVID-19 boosters
If you had COVID-19, you need to wait 4 -8 weeks (depending on your age) before getting a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose.
You can check the date of your last vaccination on your digital COVID certificate.
Weak immune system (immunocompromised)
COVID-19 vaccine and booster for children
If your child is under 4, get their routine childhood vaccines before getting their COVID-19 vaccination.
Children aged 6 months to 4 years should wait 14 days after getting another vaccine before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Booking your child’s COVID-19 vaccine or booster
If you have more than one child getting a vaccine or booster dose, book an appointment for each child. Your vaccination centre will have separate appointment slots and walk-in clinics for different age groups.
If your child recently had COVID-19, you must delay getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You can check the length of wait between having COVID-19 and booking your child's next vaccine or booster as this depends on their age.
Children under 16 must attend their appointment with their parent or legal guardian to give consent for each dose.
If a vaccinator is told that one parent or guardian does not consent to the child getting a vaccine or booster dose, the vaccine or booster dose should not be given.
Children with additional needs
If your child has additional needs, you can call HSELive on Freephone 1800 700 700 to arrange:
- More time at their appointment
- A quieter appointment time with fewer people
Pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccine
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster during pregnancy, if you are trying for a baby and while you are breastfeeding.
Going to a walk-in vaccination or booster clinic
Check what you need to bring to the vaccination clinic.
If you do not have a PPS number, you can still get vaccinated.
What if I cancel or miss a vaccine appointment?
If you got a vaccine appointment and want to cancel it use the link in the appointment text message.
After getting a COVID-19 vaccination or booster
After you get a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, the HSE will still give you evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination.
After you are vaccinated, you should continue to follow public health advice on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 in public places. For example, social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing your hands properly.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should self-isolate.
If you were vaccinated outside Ireland
If you got your first vaccine dose in another country, you can get your second dose in Ireland.
You need to show evidence of your first vaccine dose in another country. If your vaccine is not approved by the FDA or MHRA, or recommended by the WHO, you will be offered a full course of a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine in Ireland.
If you are a deaf Irish Sign Language user and you need an interpreter to talk to a HSE COVID-19 helpline agent, you can use the Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS). Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos explaining the COVID-19 vaccine are available on the HSE website.
You can read information and watch videos in different languages on COVID-19 and the different vaccines on the HSE website.