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COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccination Service Information

This page contains information and advice about COVID-19 Vaccination through pharmacy. To read the HSE leaflet on the National Vaccination Roll-Out, click here.

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. All adults in Ireland will be offered free vaccination in line with the HSE National COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out.

The COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccination Service is available in selected totalhealth Pharmacies, subject to selection by the HSE. Stocks of vaccines are allocated by the HSE and limited to age groups active in the National COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out. Vaccinating pharmacies can generate an EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) for those they fully vaccinate.

To register your interest with your nearest participating totalhealth Pharmacy, click here.

If you have registered with your local totalhealth Pharmacy and have obtained a vaccination appointment elsewhere, please remember to inform the pharmacy so they can remove you from their waiting list.  

If you have made an appointment with your pharmacy for vaccination and have obtained an appointment elsewhere, please remember to inform them so they can make sure the vaccination slot is filled.

You can still register with the HSE to attend a vaccination centre if an appointment at your local pharmacy is not available. If you have a health condition that puts you at high risk, vaccination may also be available through your GP – contact your GP for more information. 

Click here to register with the HSE for vaccination through a vaccination centre.

What COVID-19 Vaccines are available through pharmacies?

The vaccines available in each participating pharmacy are subject to allocation by the HSE. Stocks may be limited, and all pharmacies may not be able to provide all available vaccine types. Two COVID-19 vaccines are approved for community pharmacy administration: Janssen (J&J) and Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech). However, as of August 2021, the HSE has confirmed that only Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) vaccines will be available through pharmacies.

  • For HSE information on the Comirnaty COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech), click here

Two other vaccines, AstraZeneca and Spikevax (Moderna), have been approved for use in Ireland, but are not currently available through pharmacy. You may be offered one of these vaccines through a vaccination centre.  

Further information on all COVID-19 vaccines is available here.

Who is eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination through pharmacy?

The groups of people eligible to receive COVID-19 Vaccination through a participating pharmacy are subject to approval by HSE, and the vaccines most suitable for each group of people may change.

Selected pharmacies are currently approved to vaccinate anyone aged 12 years* and over using the two-dose Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) COVID-19 vaccine.  COVID-19 Vaccination is free in Ireland, whether through pharmacy, GP or vaccination centre.

*subject to risk assessment and parental consent

COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Young Adults

COVID-19 Vaccination is now advised and available for children and young adults aged 12 years and over, subject to stock availability. Those aged 12-15 years will need parental/guardian consent to be vaccinated and be accompanied to their vaccination appointment by a parent/guardian. Those aged 16 and over can consent to medical treatment themselves.

Children and young adults, along with their parents, should familiarise themselves with all available HSE information on COVID-19 Vaccination in order to make an informed decision on whether vaccination is right for them. Only Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) is currently available through pharmacy; Spikevax (Moderna) or Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) may be offered to those aged between 12 and 50 through a vaccination clinic.

The links below should help while considering COVID-19 Vaccination for children and young adults. Please only consult information obtained from reputable sources. Speak with your pharmacist or doctor if you have further questions.

Click here to register for vaccination at a HSE Vaccination Clinic

Who may not be suitable for COVID-19 Vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most people.  The pharmacist will ensure it is safe and suitable for you to be vaccinated. However, vaccination may not be safe in the following circumstances:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the vaccine ingredients
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine.

You should consult your GP if either of the above applies to you. Click here for information on all available vaccines, including suitability and ingredients.

Vaccination is also not suitable if:

  • You are currently suffering from COVID-19 – you must wait until it has been 4 weeks since you tested positive  
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 – you must self-isolate and contact your GP to get tested 
  • You are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or waiting to be tested for COVID-19
  • You have been confirmed as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • You have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above – you must wait until you feel better
  • You have been advised to self-isolate or restrict your movements by a healthcare professional – you must wait until your period of restricted movements or self-isolation is over.
How Vaccination through Pharmacy Works

To avail of vaccination through totalhealth Pharmacy, take the following steps:

  1. Check that your age group is currently being vaccinated - click here
  2. Register your interest with your local participating totalhealth Pharmacy - click here.

If your nearest pharmacy is not participating, or if you cannot obtain an appointment, please ensure you register for vaccination through a vaccination centre when your age group is called.

What happens at a pharmacy vaccination appointment?

If you are offered a vaccination appointment through your local pharmacy, you will be advised of the process and what preparation is necessary by the pharmacist. COVID-19 infection protocols will be in place throughout, including physical distancing, face-covering, and hand hygiene.

The key points to note about your appointment are as follows:

You should contact the pharmacy to cancel your appointment if:

  • You are currently suffering from COVID-19 – you must wait until it has been 4 weeks since you tested positive 
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 – you must self-isolate and contact your GP to get tested 
  • You are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or waiting to be tested for COVID-19
  • You have been confirmed as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • You have a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above – you must wait until you feel better
  • You have been advised to self-isolate or restrict your movements by a healthcare professional – you must wait until your period of restricted movements or self-isolation is over.
Please also inform the pharmacy if you have already received a vaccination or if you are availing of an appointment elsewhere

 

Preparing for your appointment

In order to ensure an efficient and safe process for you and for the pharmacy team, familiarise yourself with all the relevant information above before your appointment. The pharmacy may request some of your information in advance of your appointment or take your details over the phone.

  • Remember your appointment time and contact the pharmacy as soon as possible if you need to cancel
  • Remember to bring a photo identification and your PPS number
    • For those aged under 16 without photo ID, a birth certificate will suffice but proof of identification will be required from the parent/guardian accompanying
  • Ensure you have read the relevant information on the vaccine you will be receiving
After you have been vaccinated

Visit the links below for public health advice on those who have been vaccinated:

 

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