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Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Ireland

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is underway. Supplies of vaccines are in production but they are limited at the moment. Vaccines are being given as soon as possible after they arrive in Ireland.

Our priorities are safety and working to protect people as quickly as we can. The rollout of vaccines will only be limited by supply.

People who are most at risk from COVID-19 are being vaccinated first.

You do not need to contact us to get your COVID-19 vaccine. We will let you know when you can register for your vaccine through your healthcare team, news or public advertising.

Groups currently being vaccinated

The groups currently being vaccinated against COVID-19 are:

Next groups to be vaccinated

The next groups to be offered COVID-19 vaccination are:

Because supplies of vaccines are limited at the moment, it is not possible to give an exact time for everyone. We know this is disappointing as so many people are looking forward to getting their vaccine.

Age-based rollout

When the most vulnerable people have been vaccinated, the vaccination rollout will move to an age-based system.

See the full list of provisional vaccine groups on gov.ie

This means that older people will be vaccinated first and vaccines can be given more quickly. Using an age-based system protects those at higher risk of severe disease first.

Read more about getting your COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination progress updates

See the latest updates on the numbers of vaccines given to date. This includes details on which group people are in and which vaccines are being used.

See the latest figures on the vaccination programme GeoHive dashboard

Group 1

People aged 65 and older who live in long-term care facilities

People over 65 who live in long-term care facilities were the first group to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. This is because they have a greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19.

The schedule for long-term care facilities will change from week to week. Vaccination may be delayed if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in a facility.

How you will get your vaccine

Residents will get their vaccine through their home.

Group 2

Frontline healthcare workers

We are continuing to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers. This is happening at hospital and community services sites around the country, and at special clinics for GPs and their practice staff.

How you will get your vaccine

Frontline healthcare workers will get their vaccine through their workplace.

Registration for the COVID-19 vaccine has now closed for frontline healthcare workers.

If you registered before midday on Friday 26 March, your registration will still be processed. You will be offered a vaccine appointment soon.

Read more about healthcare workers COVID-19 vaccine registration

Group 3

People aged 70 and older

Vaccination of people aged 70 and older living in the community is happening now. We are vaccinating this group in stages so that the people most at risk from COVID-19 are vaccinated first.

Order of vaccinations for people over 70

Vaccinations are being offered in the following order to people aged:

  1. 85 and older.
  2. 80 to 84.
  3. 75 to 79.
  4. 70 to 74.

We expect to have everyone in this group vaccinated, with both doses, by the middle of May.

How you will get your vaccine

Your GP will contact you when your vaccine is available. You do not need to register for your vaccine.

Most people in this group will be vaccinated at their own GP surgery. Some GPs who work in smaller practices will join together. Some people will be invited to attend a vaccination centre.

If you do not have a GP, call the COVID-19 helpline for advice.

If you cannot leave your home

A home vaccination can be arranged for people over 70 who cannot leave home for medical reasons.

Your GP can refer you to the National Ambulance Service (NAS) for home vaccination. A NAS team member will contact you to schedule your appointment. They will also update your GP and let them know if you had any side effects or concerns.

Group 4

People aged 16 to 69 who are at very high risk

List of conditions

Cancer

All cancer patients actively receiving (and/or within 6 weeks of receiving) systemic therapy with cytotoxic chemotherapy, targeted therapy, monoclonal antibodies or immunotherapies and radical surgery or radiotherapy for lung or head and neck cancer.

All patients with advanced/metastatic cancers.

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease, on dialysis, or eGFR <15 ml/min.

Chronic neurological disease or condition

Chronic neurological disease or condition with evolving ventilatory failure (requiring non-invasive ventilation), for example: motor neurone disease, spinal muscular atrophy.

Chronic respiratory disease

Chronic severe respiratory disease, for example: severe cystic fibrosis, severe COPD, severe pulmonary fibrosis.

Diabetes

Diabetes and HbA1C ≥58mmol/mol

Immunocompromised

Severe immunocompromise due to disease or treatment, for example:

  • transplantation: - Listed for solid organ or haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) - Post solid organ transplant at any time - Post HSCT within 12 months
  • genetic diseases: - APECED** - Inborn errors in the interferon pathway
  • treatment: - included but not limited to Cyclophosphamide, Rituximab, Alemtuzumab, Cladribine or Ocrelizumab in the last 6 months

Inherited metabolic diseases*

Disorders of intermediary metabolism/at risk of acute decompensation, for example: Maple Syrup Urine Disease.

Intellectual disability*

Down Syndrome.

Obesity

BMI >40 Kg/m2.

Sickle cell disease*

Source gov.ie

People at very high risk attending hospital or disability services

We have started to vaccinate people at very high risk who are attending hospital or disability services. We expect everyone in this group to be vaccinated with their first dose by the end of April.

How you will get your vaccine

Hospital or disability services will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

People at very high risk not attending regular hospital services

Some people in group 4 are not in regular contact with a hospital or disability service. GPs will vaccinate people in this group. It will take some time for GPs to identify and invite everyone.

GPs will start vaccinating this group during April. The first dose of vaccinations will be finished by 3 May.

How you will get your vaccine

Your GP will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

Group 5

People aged 65 to 69 at high risk

List of conditions

Cancer

Haematological - within 1 year.

Haematological - within 1 - 5 years.

Non-haematological - within 1 year.

All other cancers on non-hormonal treatment.

Chronic heart (and vascular) disease

Chronic heart disease, for example: heart failure, hypertensive cardiac disease.

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease with eGFR <30ml/min.

Chronic liver disease

Chronic liver disease, for example: cirrhosis or fibrosis.

Chronic neurological disease or condition

Chronic neurological disease or condition significantly compromising respiratory function and/or the ability to clear secretions, for example: Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy.

Chronic respiratory disease

Other chronic respiratory disease, for example: stable cystic fibrosis, severe asthma (continuous or repeated use of systemic corticosteroids), moderate COPD.

Diabetes

All other diabetes (Type 1 and 2).

Immunocompromised

Immunocompromise due to disease or treatment, for example: high dose systemic steroids (as defined in Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland Chapter 3), persons living with HIV.

Inherited metabolic diseases*

Disorders of intermediary metabolism not fulfilling criteria for very high risk.

Intellectual disability*

Intellectual disability*** excluding Down Syndrome.

Obesity

BMI >35 Kg/m2.

Severe mental illness*

Severe mental illness, for example: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression.

*additional or updated medical conditions

** APECED - autoimmune polyendocrinopathy candidiasis ecto- dermal dystrophy

*** WHO definition of intellectual disability as “impairments in adaptive, social, and intellectual functioning (IQ<70), requiring daily support, with onset in the developmental phase (<18 years)”

Source: gov.ie

Group 6

Other people aged 65 to 69

People in groups 5 and 6 will be invited to register for a vaccine before 19 April. You will be able to register online or by phone.

We will let you know when registration is open through news or public advertising.

How you will get your vaccine

You will get your vaccine at a vaccination centre.

Group 7

People aged 16 to 64 at high risk

List of conditions

Cancer

Haematological - within 1 year.

Haematological - within 1 - 5 years.

Non-haematological - within 1 year.

All other cancers on non-hormonal treatment.

Chronic heart (and vascular) disease

Chronic heart disease, for example: heart failure, hypertensive cardiac disease.

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease with eGFR <30ml/min.

Chronic liver disease

Chronic liver disease, for example: cirrhosis or fibrosis.

Chronic neurological disease or condition

Chronic neurological disease or condition significantly compromising respiratory function and/or the ability to clear secretions, for example: Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy.

Chronic respiratory disease

Other chronic respiratory disease, for example: stable cystic fibrosis, severe asthma (continuous or repeated use of systemic corticosteroids), moderate COPD.

Diabetes

All other diabetes (Type 1 and 2).

Immunocompromised

Immunocompromise due to disease or treatment, for example: high dose systemic steroids (as defined in Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland Chapter 3), persons living with HIV.

Inherited metabolic diseases*

Disorders of intermediary metabolism not fulfilling criteria for very high risk.

Intellectual disability*

Intellectual disability*** excluding Down Syndrome.

Obesity

BMI >35 Kg/m2.

Severe mental illness*

Severe mental illness, for example: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression.

*additional or updated medical conditions

** APECED - autoimmune polyendocrinopathy candidiasis ecto- dermal dystrophy

*** WHO definition of intellectual disability as “impairments in adaptive, social, and intellectual functioning (IQ<70), requiring daily support, with onset in the developmental phase (<18 years)”

Source: gov.ie

GPs will vaccinate this group, once they have completed Group 4 - people at very high risk. Vaccinations for group 7 will start on 3 May.

How you will get your vaccine

Your GP will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

Later phases of the COVID-19 vaccination programme

Later phases will focus on vaccinating the next groups before moving to an age-based rollout of the general public.

See the full list of provisional vaccine groups on gov.ie

The provisional list of groups for vaccination may be changed by the Government based on new information or changes in vaccine supply.

Our priority is to protect the people who are most likely to have a poor outcome or die if they get COVID-19.

Where you will be vaccinated

You may be vaccinated through a:

This will be done by qualified and trained healthcare workers, including hospital doctors, community medical officers, nurses, GPs and pharmacists.

COVID-19 vaccines being offered

The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in Ireland are the:

A number of other vaccines are in the final stages of licensing and approval.

Read about how COVID-19 vaccines are licensed and approved in Ireland

Related topic

COVID-19 vaccines' patient information leaflets

Other websites

Treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 – European Medicines Agency

COVID-19 vaccination strategy and implementation plan – gov.ie

Last updated: 9 April 2021 at 3.50pm