COVID-19 vaccines will protect you from serious illness due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
To get a free COVID-19 vaccine you can:
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.
If you cannot register online
You can register by phone by calling the COVID-19 helpline.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- currently have COVID-19 – wait until it has been 4 weeks since you first tested positive
- have symptoms of COVID-19 – self-isolate (stay in your room) and get a COVID-19 test
- are restricting your movements - wait until you have completed your period of restricted movements to get your vaccine
- are less than 14 weeks pregnant - get your first dose at or after 14 weeks
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.
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 gov.ie, 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