Getting your COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines will protect you from serious illness due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

To get a free COVID-19 vaccine you can:

Register online

The latest group who can register online to get a COVID-19 vaccine are people aged 16 and 17.

If you are 16 or 17, you can give consent to get your vaccine. You should also discuss it with your parent or guardian if you wish.

If you are 18 or older, you can still register if you haven't already.

16 and 17 year olds will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Everyone else will be offered either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

If you cannot register online

You can register by phone by calling the COVID-19 helpline.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing

How to register if you are deaf or hard of hearing

If you cannot leave your home

If you cannot leave home for medical reasons, your GP can refer you for a home vaccination.

Pharmacy vaccines

You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at a local pharmacy if you are not already vaccinated and are aged:

  • 50 or over
  • 18 to 34

Availability of pharmacy vaccines will depend on supply. Many pharmacies are offering people in these age groups the Janssen vaccine. A limited number of pharmacies have supplies of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Read about deciding on COVID-19 vaccines if you are aged 18 to 34

Book your appointment with a participating pharmacy

If you're waiting on a pharmacy appointment, you can also register online with the HSE if you're aged 16 or over. If you register online, you will get your vaccine at a HSE vaccination centre.

Vaccines during pregnancy

Do not register online if you are pregnant. Your maternity hospital will contact you about your COVID-19 vaccine.

Read about how you will get your vaccine if you are pregnant

Vaccination progress

See the latest figures on the vaccination programme dashboard

People under 16

People under 16 should not register yet.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) are reviewing COVID-19 vaccinations for people under 16.

When they have given a recommendation, we will update this page on when younger age groups can expect to be vaccinated.

When to delay getting your vaccine

Non-urgent advice: Do not get your COVID-19 vaccine if you:

Read about how to change your appointment and what happens if you miss an appointment

If you have already had COVID-19

If you have already had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated because you could become infected with the virus again.

If you are at high risk from COVID-19

If you have a weakened immune system, your COVID-19 vaccine may not work as well for you. But there is no extra risk in getting it.

If you are at high risk and have not been vaccinated yet, contact your GP or healthcare team. You can also register online when your age group is invited.

When you have been vaccinated against COVID-19

When your vaccine has had time to work, you can do some things that were not recommended before you were vaccinated.

Read about what you can do after COVID-19 vaccination

EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate

EU Digital COVID-19 Certificates are being issued by the Government, not by the HSE.
Read more about the EU digital COVID cert on, including who to contact about this.

This content was fact checked by vaccine experts working in Ireland.

Last updated: 28 July 2021 at 3.15pm