Children aged 12 to 15 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine.
From 3 September, the HSE will only offer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12 to 15.
Parents or legal guardians of children aged 12 to 15 can choose to register their child for a COVID-19 vaccine now. Or you can decide to wait until there is more information about COVID-19 vaccines and young people.
How to get a vaccine
Parents or legal guardians of 12 to 15 year olds can choose to do one of the below:
- register their child's details online to get a vaccine appointment
- go to a walk-in vaccination clinic
- book an appointment at a participating pharmacy
Register your child for a COVID-19 vaccine
To register your child for a vaccine, we'll need the:
- child's name and date of birth
- parent's mobile phone number
- parent's email address
- child’s PPS number
- child’s Eircode
If you cannot register online, call the COVID-19 helpline to register by phone instead.
If you register over the phone, a parent or legal guardian will need to be at the appointment to give consent for the vaccine in person.
If your child is an international student in Ireland
Children aged 12 to 15 from outside Ireland who are visiting or studying in Ireland can be vaccinated in Ireland.
They can be registered for a vaccination centre appointment or they can attend a GP or pharmacy for their vaccine.
The child’s parent or guardian will need to give their consent for vaccination. If the child has a PPSN, their parent or guardian can register them to get a COVID-19 vaccine and give consent online in advance.
If your child does not have a PPSN and you are not living in Ireland
The child’s school or host family should arrange for the child’s parent or guardian to complete and sign a consent form for vaccination.
Parents should read HSE information about the vaccines before giving their consent.
When the consent form is signed, the school or host family should contact the HSE to register the student aged 12-15 for a vaccination centre appointment. They can also bring the student to a walk-in clinic. The signed consent form must be brought to the vaccination centre.
If your child has a PPSN but you are not living in Ireland
If your child has a PPSN, you can register online for your child aged 12-15 to get their vaccine. You can give your consent online and another adult can bring your child to their vaccine appointment.
Giving consent for your child
A parent or legal guardian will need to give consent for their child to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
If you register online, you will be sent a text message with a link to give consent before their appointment. We send this to the number you used to register.
A parent or legal guardian will need go to the vaccination in person to give consent if they:
- do not give consent online
- register by phone - it is not possible to give consent over the phone
The child getting the vaccine will also be asked if they want to get the vaccine at their appointment.
The vaccinator or your pharmacist will be able to answer questions you might have about the vaccine.
Adult needed at vaccination
Children aged 12 to 15 will get their vaccine appointment at a vaccination centre near their home.
They can also go to a walk-in vaccination clinic without an appointment.
They will need to bring an adult. Children on their own will not be vaccinated.
Where possible, the child’s parent or legal guardian should go with their child.
If the parent or legal guardian has given consent online in advance, it is possible for them to ask another adult to bring their child to the appointment.
If consent has not been given in advance, the child's parent or legal guardian has to be there.
If the appointment time does not suit you, you can change the appointment.
What to bring
Bring the appointment information. This will be a text on the mobile phone used to register.
If possible, children aged 12 to 15 should bring a form of identification with their date of birth on it. 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.
They should wear something that will make it easy to get the vaccine in their upper arm.
Make sure to eat before arriving as there may be a wait at the vaccination centre.
Only children who are being vaccinated can attend. Do not bring other children to the vaccination centre.
When to delay vaccine
Your child should delay getting their COVID-19 vaccine if they:
- have COVID-19 – wait until it has been 4 weeks since they first tested positive or first had symptoms
- have symptoms of COVID-19 – they should self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test
- are restricting their movements - wait until they have completed their period of restricted movements
Your child will need to get a second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to make sure they have full protection.
You will get a text with the details of their second appointment. They will need to bring an adult to the second appointment also.
More than one child
You need to register each child aged 12 to 15 separately. But if you have more than one child getting vaccinated, you can bring them to the same appointment time, even if their appointments are on different days.
This means that families will only have to travel once for each vaccine dose.
If consent has not been given yet, the children's parent or legal guardian has to be there.
Children with additional needs
Some children getting their vaccine may need:
- more time at their appointment
- a quieter appointment time with fewer people
If your child has additional needs, call HSELive to arrange one of these options.
Freephone: 1800 700 700
This content was fact checked by vaccine experts working in Ireland.
Last updated: 9 September 2021 at 12.15pm