Going to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

You get an appointment after you register online. Your appointment details will be sent to you by text message.

Don't be late for your appointment. 

Delay getting your COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • 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

What to bring to your appointment

Wear something that will make it easy for you to get the vaccine in your upper arm. You should also wear a face covering.

Bring your appointment information. This will be on your mobile phone or in a letter.

You will also need a photo ID that shows your date of birth. Bring this to both of your vaccination appointments.

Your photo ID can be your:

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

If your photo ID does not have your date of birth on it, you should also bring a copy of your birth cert or some other documentation that has your date of birth.

If you are 18 or older, you will not be vaccinated if you do not have photo ID.

Children aged 12 to 15

Children aged 12 to 15 should bring a form of identification with their date of birth on it, if possible. This can be their passport or birth certificate.

If these are not available, any identification like a Public Services Card or school ID would be helpful also.

If 12 to 15 year olds do not have any identification, the adult who brings them to their appointment can confirm their identity and their age.

Aged 16 or 17 and have no photo ID

Bring your birth cert if you are aged 16 or 17 and have no photo ID.

If you also have proof of your Personal Public Service (PPS) number, such as a child benefit letter containing your PPS number, this will be helpful for staff at the vaccination centre. But you do not need it to get vaccinated.

How long your appointment will take

Your appointment will take around 30 minutes.

This includes:

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

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

Change your appointment

If the time does not suit you, you can ask for a new appointment.

Who can come with you

Over 18

If you are over 18, do not bring anyone else to your appointment. It’s OK if someone drives you to your appointment, but they should stay in the car.

If you have mobility issues or need help, you can bring someone into the vaccination centre with you.

Do not bring children to your appointment unless they are being vaccinated too. Call HSElive on 1800 700 700 to arrange an appointment time when you can attend without children.

If you have no childcare options, your child will need to stay with you at all times. You will need to give contact details for someone who can take care of your child in case of any emergency.

16 and 17 year olds

You can bring your parent or guardian with you if you are aged 16 or 17.

12 to 15 year olds

12 to 15 year olds will need to bring an adult to their appointment.

If their parent or legal guardian has not given consent in advance, they must attend the appointment with their child – not another adult.

Children attending alone will not be vaccinated.

Only children who are being vaccinated can attend.

Arrangements can be made if your child has additional needs.

Read more about how to prepare for a 12 to 15 year old's vaccination appointment

Last updated: 13 August 2021 at 3:05pm