What you can do after COVID-19 vaccination

When your vaccine has had time to work, you can do some things that were not recommended before you were vaccinated.

You should also get your EU Digital COVID Certificate when you are fully vaccinated. These certs are being issued by the Government, not by the HSE. Read more about the EU digital COVID cert on gov.ie

How long your vaccine takes to work

The time you need to wait depends on which vaccine you’ve had.

You are fully vaccinated:

Meeting other people

You may be worried about meeting others, even if you are fully vaccinated. You can feel safe knowing that your COVID-19 vaccine works, no matter which one you get.

Fully vaccinated people can meet together in private homes indoors with no limit on numbers. You do not need to wear a face covering or stay 2 metres apart.

Read more about the public health measures currently in place on gov.ie

Travelling in the EU

When you are fully vaccinated, you will get a EU Digital COVID Certificate to help you travel more easily within the EU.

You get your cert from the Government, not the HSE. If there is a problem with your record, they will contact the HSE on your behalf.

Read more about the EU digital COVID cert on gov.ie, including who to contact about it.

You can add your cert to the COVID tracker app to make it easier for you to access it.

If you are a close contact

You do not need to restrict your movements or get a test if you are fully vaccinated, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you previously had COVID-19

If you had a positive PCR COVID-19 test in the past 9 months, you can also follow the same advice for fully vaccinated people. You can do this as soon as you have recovered from COVID-19. This is because you have immunity for 9 months. 

This does not apply if you are:

  • aged 65 or older
  • immunocompromised because of disease or treatment

You should still get your COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you to get long-lasting protection.

Getting COVID-19 after being vaccinated

There's a small chance you might still get COVID-19 even if you have been vaccinated. But you'll be protected from the serious illness the virus can sometimes cause.

Keep protecting yourself and others

Even after you are vaccinated, continue to follow advice on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 in public places.

For example social distancing and wearing a face covering.

Read more about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

Last updated: 29 July 2021 at 3pm