Going to a COVID-19 vaccination centre

COVID-19 vaccination centres are large venues specially set up to safely give COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccination is by appointment only. Do not go to a vaccination centre without an appointment. Your appointment text will include the name and address of the vaccination centre you should go to.

You will not be vaccinated if you do not have an appointment and photo ID.

Appointments have been spaced out to keep everybody safe. Don't be late for your appointment. If you do not arrive on time, you will not get your vaccine.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

We will reschedule your vaccination appointment.

Read more about symptoms of COVID-19.

Go to your appointment alone

If possible, do not bring anyone else to your appointment. This is to reduce the number of people at the vaccination centre.

It’s OK if someone drives you to your appointment, but they should stay in the car.

If you need help

If you have mobility issues or need help, you can bring a family member or friend into the vaccination centre with you. You should both wear face coverings.

Arrive on time

Arrive at your appointment at the correct time.

Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early. Do not be late.

How long your appointment will take

Your appointment will take around 30 minutes.

This includes:

  • 15 minutes to get registered and vaccinated
  • 15 minutes of observation after the vaccine to make sure that you feel well before you leave

What to wear

Wear something that will make it easy for you to get the vaccine in your upper arm. For example, a short-sleeved t-shirt or a loose shirt with a sleeve you can roll up easily.

You should also wear a face covering.

What to bring

Bring your appointment information to the vaccination centre. This will be on your mobile phone or in a letter.

You will also need to bring your photo ID.

This can be your:

  • passport - book or card
  • driving licence
  • Public Services Card
  • travel pass
  • National Age Card - issued by the Gardaí

You will not be vaccinated if you do not have photo ID.

If you do not have a PPS number

If you do not have a PPS number, you will need to bring:

  • photo ID
  • proof of address - such as household bill, bank statement or rental agreement
  • your appointment information

Arriving at the vaccination centre

When you arrive at the vaccination centre you will see signs guiding you to your appointment.

Parking

Follow the signs or the instructions from the stewards when you enter the car park.

Make sure to put your face covering on before you leave your car.

Walking to reception

As you walk towards the reception area, keep a 2-metre distance from other people. Do this to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Reception area

When you arrive at the reception area, a receptionist will take your details and check your ID.

The receptionist will also tell you which COVID-19 vaccine you will be getting. This should match what is in your registration text.

Getting your vaccine

You will be shown to a vaccination booth. You will get your COVID-19 vaccine as an injection in your upper arm.

The person who gives you your vaccine is called a "vaccinator". They are trained by the HSE to give COVID-19 vaccines.

Your vaccinator will:

  • answer any questions you may have
  • confirm your consent to get the vaccine
  • give you the vaccine
  • give you an aftercare advice leaflet
  • give you a vaccine record card – this will show the name and batch number of the vaccine you get

Read more about getting your COVID-19 vaccine

When you should not get your COVID-19 vaccine

Do not get your COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine
  • 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 phone your GP to get tested
  • are restricting your movements - wait until you have completed your period of restricted movements to get your vaccine

Talk to your GP before getting your COVID-19 vaccine if you have had an immediate allergic reaction to:

  • any other vaccine
  • injectable therapy – this means any medicine by injection for example, insulin or an IV (intravenous) drip
  • any of the ingredients in the vaccine, including polyethylene glycol (found in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines) or polysorbate 80 (found in the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines)

The vaccinator will ask you about any allergies you may have.

After your vaccine

After your vaccine, you will go to an observation area. There will be someone here to make sure you’re feeling well. You should stay here for around 15 minutes. You may be asked to stay for longer.

It’s OK to drive after getting your vaccine as long as you are feeling well.

Find your local vaccination centre

Search by county to find your nearest COVID-19 vaccination centre

Do not go to a vaccination centre without an appointment.

Last updated: 5 May 2021 at 3.50pm