Covid-19 is a virus that can affect your lungs & airways. Most people infected with this virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease which can cause serious illness, hospitalisation and even death.
The COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19. If you do catch COVID-19 after vaccination, you should be protected from the serious illness the virus can sometimes cause.
The vaccine is not mandatory. The HSE strongly recommend that you get the vaccine as soon as it is available to you.
People who are most at risk from COVID-19 will be vaccinated first.
There’s no charge for getting your COVID-19 vaccine. It’s free. You can not get it privately.
The aim of the HSE in offering COVID-19 vaccines to the population is to protect people and reduce the illness and deaths caused by this virus.
You can contact the HSE, your GP or your pharmacist to get your COVID-19 vaccine. They will let you know where and when you will be vaccinated.
Vaccines approved for use in Ireland:
Comirnaty is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 16 years and older. Comirnaty contains a molecule called messenger RNA (mRNA) with instructions for producing a protein from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Comirnaty does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19. Find more>>>
COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 18 years and older. COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna contains a molecule called messenger RNA (mRNA) with instructions for producing a protein from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19. Find more>>>
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 18 years and older. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is made up of another virus (of the adenovirus family) that has been modified to contain the gene for making a protein from SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19. Find more>>>
Quick guide to the provisional vaccine allocation groups
This is the provisional order in which people in Ireland will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- People aged 65 years and older who are residents of long-term care facilities (likely to include all staff and residents on site)
- Frontline healthcare workers
- People aged 70 and older
- Other healthcare workers not in direct patient contact
- People aged 65-69
- Key workers (Vaccination Programme)
- People aged 18-64 with certain medical conditions
- Residents of long-term care facilities aged 18-64
- People aged 18-64 living or working in crowded settings
- Key workers in essential jobs who cannot avoid a high risk of exposure
- People working in education sector
- People aged 55-64
- Other workers in occupations important to the functioning of society
- Other people aged 18-54
- People aged under 18 and pregnant women