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About COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against serious COVID-19 illness.

Recommended COVID-19 vaccination depends on your age and if you're at higher risk from COVID-19.

This can include getting:

Where to get a vaccine

People age 12 and older can go to:

People under 16 must attend their vaccination with a parent or guardian.

Children under 12 must go to a walk-in clinic. They cannot be vaccinated at a GP or pharmacy.

Find a walk-in vaccination clinic for children

You can also call HSELive to find out where is offering vaccines near you, or to find out which dose you are due. Freephone: 1800 700 700

Booster dose

A first booster dose is:

  • recommended for everyone age 18 and older
  • recommended for people age 5 to 11 with a weak immune system
  • available to everyone age 12 and older

Booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Information:

Spring booster doses will be available soon.

Getting dose 1, dose 2, or dose 3

The first round of vaccination is for people who haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine yet.

To get your first round of COVID-19 vaccination, you must be age 6 months or older.

Age 30 or older

People age 30 or older need 2 doses for their first round of vaccination. The second dose is given 4 weeks after dose 1.

If you had COVID-19

Before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wait at least 4 weeks since you tested positive or from when your symptoms started.

Age 5 to 29

People age 5 to 29 or older need 2 doses for their first round of vaccination. The second dose is given 8 weeks after dose 1.

If you had COVID-19

Before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wait at least 8 weeks since you tested positive or from when your symptoms started.

Age 6 months to 4 years

Children age 6 months to 4 years will need 3 doses for their first round of COVID-19 vaccination.

For this age group:

  • the second dose is given 3 weeks after the first
  • the third dose is given 8 weeks after the second dose

What to do if your child has or recently had COVID-19

Walk-in clinics

There are separate vaccination clinics for children age:

  • 6 months to 4 years
  • 5 to 11 years

Go to the correct clinic for your child’s age group. The vaccine doses offered are different for young children.

If you were vaccinated abroad

If you got dose 1 or dose 2 in another country, you can continue your vaccination here at a participating GP or pharmacy.

You will need your vaccination details including vaccine type, date given and expiry date.

If you have any questions about which vaccine you are due, freephone HSELive on 1800 700 700.

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Page last reviewed: 18 February 2024