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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. You will not be vaccinated.

Your appointment text will include the name and address of the vaccination centre you should go to.

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.

Do not go to your appointment if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Phone your GP to see if you need a COVID-19 test and self-isolate (stay in your room). We will reschedule your vaccination appointment.

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.

What to bring

When you go to a vaccination centre, bring your:

  • appointment information – this will be on your mobile phone or in a letter
  • face covering
  • photo ID – this can be your passport, driving license, public services card or travel pass

We will also ask you for your PPS number. You will find this on your public services card, payslip, letters from Revenue, medical card or Drugs Payment Scheme card.

If you do not have a PPS number

You may not have a PPS number if you were born outside of Ireland. If you do not have a PPS number, you will need to bring 3 things.

Bring your:

  • proof of address - such as an electricity, phone or gas bill
  • photo ID – this can be your passport, driving license, public services card or travel pass

You will also need to bring 1 of the below:

  • passport
  • national identity card (if you were born in the EU or EEA)
  • full driving license
  • full birth certificate
  • foreign birth registration certificate - if you have Irish citizenship through 'Foreign Births Registration'
  • Irish certificate of naturalisation - if you have Irish citizenship based on residence

Arriving at the vaccination centre

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


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 a trained healthcare professional. They could be a nurse, doctor, pharmacist, advanced paramedic or physiotherapist.

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

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.

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Last updated: 1 April 2021 at 12.45pm