COVID-19 Vaccination Service
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They prepare your immune system (your body’s natural defences) to recognise and defend itself against a specific virus.
Which vaccine is best?
The vaccine being offered to children in Ireland aged 12 to 17 in our pharmacy is the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
This vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as safe and effective. It is recommended in Ireland by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).
Thousands of people worldwide have been vaccinated as part of clinical trials.
This includes more than 2,000 children aged 12 to 15 for the Pfizer clinical trial.
No new safety concerns were reported in children aged 12 to 15 after these trials.
All COVID-19 vaccines give you good protection from severe illness from COVID-19 when you are fully vaccinated. The HSE only uses a vaccine if it meets the required standards of safety and effectiveness.
To get the best protection from newer variants of COVID-19, like the Delta variant, the best vaccine for you is the first vaccine you are offered.
Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna are the recommended vaccines for people under the age of 50.
You will need 2 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
It takes 7 days after the second dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to work. This is when you are fully vaccinated.
You should get your second dose 21 to 28 days after your first dose.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended if your child has:
- had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in either of these vaccines, including polyethylene glycol or PEG
- been told by a doctor that they should not have the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- had myocarditis after a previous dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine
Talk to your child’s doctor or pharmacist before getting the vaccine if your child has had:
- a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in the past, including to any other vaccine or medication
- pericarditis after a previous dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
If you are aged 18 to 34 you can choose to opt in for the single dose Janssen vaccine.
The Janssen vaccine is also known as ‘the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’. Johnson & Johnson are the company that make this vaccine.
You will get this vaccine as an injection in your upper arm. It will only take a few minutes.
You will need 1 dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to get long-lasting protection.
It takes 14 days for the vaccine to work. This is when you are fully vaccinated.
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these side effects are mild to moderate and short-term.
Not everyone gets side effects.
If you are pregnant
The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. You will be offered a different vaccine.
Talk to your GP or obstetrician about getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are breastfeeding
You can get the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine if you are breastfeeding.
It cannot infect your baby with COVID-19.
Choose the location you would like to book below and then choose a suitable date and time.
Please bring ID with you for your appointment. You will not be vaccinated if your ID does not match your registration details.