Public health information about COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccine dose 2 reminder: If you had the AstraZeneca vaccine, you need a second dose to be fully vaccinated. If you do not want a second dose of AstraZeneca, you can now choose to get an mRNA vaccine dose instead. This will mean that you are fully vaccinated. Walk-in clinics are available. You can find further information here.
- Walk-in COVID-19 testing is not currently available but you can book at test online for any test centre.
- Pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccine: it is safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy. Guidance has changed on doses during pregnancy because there is more evidence available. You can find more information here.
- Many pharmacies and GPs are offering COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 12 and over. Check with your GP or pharmacy or find a participating pharmacy and more information here.
- 90% of adults have been fully vaccinated in Ireland, and approximately 84% of the population aged 12+ have been fully vaccinated.
Public Health Measures
You can find information here about the public health measures in place.
You can find the public health measures for September and October here.
Mixed vaccines doses
People who received a first dose of AstraZeneca can now receive an mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccine as their second dose. NIAC recommends that receiving two doses of the same vaccine are preferred for all age groups, where possible. You can read more about this here. Dose 2 walk-in vaccination clinics for people who wish to get an mRNA vaccine after their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are listed here.
COVID-19 Testing - Online Booking System
Full details of how to get tested are available here.
Walk-in testing is not currently available, but you can book at test online for any test centre.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing - Online System
If you get a positive test, you can use the contact tracing system to help list where you’ve been and help us to get in touch with your close contacts. You can find more information here.
Pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccine
You should get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself from the virus if you’re:
- trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future
You will need 2 doses of your COVID-19 vaccine.
It is safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy.
Guidance has changed on doses during pregnancy because there is more evidence available.
You should get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered, following a discussion with your midwife, GP or obstetrician.
You can find more information here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
You can find the latest information on vaccines administered here.
12 to 15 year olds
12 to 15 year olds can attend walk in vaccination clinics. You can find more information here. Children aged 12 to 15 must attend with their parent or guardian.
We're inviting parents of children aged 12 to 15 to register their children now. All children in this age group are being offered a vaccine but we particularly recommend that they get vaccinated if they:
- have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19
- live with someone who is at higher risk of COVID-19
Parents can read more about the benefits and risk of vaccination for their children here.
Register online to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Read the user guide for help with registering online.
Find information here on who can give consent for vaccination of a young person aged under 16 years
If you cannot register online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.
Find a pharmacy giving COVID-19 vaccines
Many pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 12 and over. Find a pharmacy to book your vaccine appointment. You can find more information here.
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
- Check https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/cde55-why-vaccines-are-essential-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19/ for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
- Find the vaccine information materials at https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/covid-19-resources-and-translations/covid-19-vaccine-materials
- Details on COVID-19 vaccines administered are available here
- Read the full COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy
- Read the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Chapter about COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine information for health professionals
- Information in Irish Sign Language: information resources on the COVID-19 vaccines in Irish Sign Language are available here.
COVID-19 Guidance for hospitality businesses (formerly guidance for food service businesses)
You can find this guidance for employers and employees here.
Guidance for places of worship (formerly religious services guidance)
You can find this guidance here.
Identify your strengths and improve your wellbeing
HSE Health and Wellbeing is hosting the webinar, ‘Identify your strengths and improve your wellbeing’ on Thursday, 16th September from 2-3pm. Recognising your strengths will help to improve your wellbeing and manage the many stresses and challenges we face in life, both in our personal and working lives.
You can register for the webinar here.
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on https://www.hpsc.ie/ where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.
You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
Please also check the Healthy Ireland site here with further resources and information on the Keep Well campaign.
You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.
Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.