Going to a walk-in vaccination clinic

You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at a walk-in clinic without an appointment. You can go to any walk-in clinic, it does not have to be near where you live.

Dose 1 and dose 2 walk-in clinics are open on specific days and times at vaccination centres. If you show up outside of these times, you will not be vaccinated.

Anyone aged 16 and older can attend a walk-in clinic alone.

Children aged 12 to 15 must attend with a parent or guardian. A parent or legal guardian will need to give consent for their child to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Children attending alone will not be vaccinated.

Dose 1 clinics

You will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at a dose 1 walk-in clinic. You will need 2 doses for the best protection. The walk-in clinics list which vaccine they offer.

You will get an appointment for your second dose at a vaccination centre near your home. Or you can go to a dose 2 walk-in clinic when they are open.

Dose 2 clinics

You can go to any dose 2 walk-in clinic as long as your vaccination is due and you have proof of your first dose. For example, your vaccination record card.

It does not matter where you had your first dose - even if you were vaccinated at a GP, pharmacy or in another country.

You will not be vaccinated at a dose 2 clinic if you do not have proof of your first dose. If you lost your vaccination record card, go back to the GP or pharmacy where you got your first dose to get proof of vaccination.

Getting 2 different vaccines

If you had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and you do not want a second dose of AstraZeneca, you can choose to get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose instead. This will mean that you are fully vaccinated.

Read about deciding to get a second dose mRNA vaccine after a first dose of AstraZeneca

How long to wait for your second dose

The time you need to wait for your second dose depends on which vaccine you got.

You need to wait at least:

  • 21 days after your first dose to get your second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • 28 days after your first dose to get your second dose of the Moderna vaccine
  • 28 days after your first dose to get your second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine

You will not be vaccinated with your second dose until the time needed between doses has passed.

Delay getting your COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • have COVID-19 – wait until it has been 4 weeks since you first had symptoms or 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

How to prepare

You don't have to register online for your first dose beforehand but registering may speed up your time in the vaccination centre.

If you have already registered online and are waiting on an appointment for your first dose, you can choose to go to a walk-in clinic instead.

What to bring

You will need to bring different things depending on if you registered online or not.

If you registered online

If you have already registered online, bring photo ID that shows your date of birth.

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

If you have not registered online

If you have not registered online, we can register you at the walk-in clinic.

You will need your:

  • Personal Public Service (PPS) number – if you have one
  • Eircode
  • mobile phone number 
  • email address 
  • photo ID that has your date of birth - this can be a passport, driving licence, Garda age card, school ID
If you do not have a PPS number

If you do not have a PPS number, you can still get vaccinated. You will need to bring proof of address.

Your proof of address can be a:

  • household bill in your name
  • bank or financial institution statement
  • letter from a public service department or agency
  • rental agreement
  • letter from the owner of the property to confirm you live there - this can be your parent
  • bill or letter from a hotel or Airbnb
If you are aged 12 to 17 and have no photo ID

Bring your birth cert if you are aged 12 to 17 and you have no photo ID.

It will also be helpful to have proof of your Personal Public Service (PPS) number. For example, a child benefit letter containing your PPS number. But you do not need it to get vaccinated.

If a 12 to 15 year old does not have any identification, the adult with them can confirm their identity and age.

Second dose

If you get your first vaccine dose at a walk-in clinic, we’ll send you an appointment for your second dose by text message.

This appointment will be scheduled at a vaccination centre close to your home address. If you need to change this to a different location, call HSELive to arrange your second appointment at a different vaccination centre.

You can also go to a dose 2 walk-in clinic when your vaccination is due. Please bring your vaccination record card with you. You can go to any dose 2 clinic, it does not have to be the same place you had your first dose.

Who to bring

If you are 18 or older, do not bring anyone else with you to the vaccination centre. It’s OK if someone drives you, but they should stay in the car.

Do not bring children with you to your vaccination.

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

If you are aged 16 or 17, you can bring your parent.

Children aged 12 to 15 need a parent or guardian with them to give consent for the vaccine.

If you are pregnant

Talk to your obstetrician, midwife or GP about the risks and benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you would like to get your vaccine after this, you can register online or go to a walk-in vaccination clinic.

Your maternity hospital or GP can also arrange your COVID-19 vaccine.

Read about pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccine

After your vaccine

You will need to stay in the vaccination centre for 15 minutes of observation after getting your vaccine. This is 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.

Last updated: 8 September 2021 at 4.40pm