Vaccines teach your immune system how to protect you from diseases.
It is much safer for your immune system to learn how to protect you from COVID-19 through vaccination than by catching the virus.
We do not know yet how long immunity will last. Clinical trials are ongoing to find this out.
How long it takes to work
You should get your 2nd dose 4 weeks (28 days) after your 1st dose.
It takes 14 days after getting the 2nd dose for it to work. This is when you are fully vaccinated.
Protection from COVID-19
After having both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, most people will be protected against the virus.
There is a small chance you might still get COVID-19 after vaccination. Even if you do get COVID-19, being vaccinated can reduce how serious your symptoms will be.
There is some new evidence to show that the vaccines may reduce you spreading COVID-19 to other people but more research is needed.
The HSE, Department of Health and the World Health Organization recommends that you get your COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.
Even after you are vaccinated, continue to follow public health advice on how to stop the spread of COVID-19. For example, social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing your hands properly and often.
If you take immunosuppressive medicines
If you have a weakened immune system, your COVID-19 vaccine may not work as well for you. But there is no extra risk in getting it.
COVID-19 vaccine testing and evidence
The Moderna vaccine has been tested on people aged 18 and older.
In clinical trials, the vaccine reduced the risk of people getting COVID-19 by 94%. Results also show the Moderna vaccine works well in adults of any age.
This content was fact checked by vaccine experts working in Ireland.
Last updated: 6 May 2021 at 5.30pm