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Vaccines during Covid-19

Frequently Asked Questions about vaccinations during Covid-19

BCG

In the absence of evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19.

Visit our BCG page for information about the BCG vaccine. 

Flu vaccine

Visit www.hse.ie/flu for information about who should be vaccinated and to get the facts.  

Covid-19 vaccine

There is no vaccine available to protect against Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Statements from The National Immunisation Advisory Committee 

Vaccines for babies

Should I take my baby for vaccination?

Yes. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated during the Coronavirus pandemic, it is still important for babies to receive their vaccines at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 13 months. The HSE recommend that patients attend medical appointments; this includes vaccinations. 

The vaccines should be given on time or as soon as possible after to protect babies from serious infectious diseases.

Please contact your GP to make an appointment.

Download the Vaccination Appointment Advice for parents and guardians

Watch this short video to see what you can expect when you take your baby for their vaccinations at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 13 months of age. 

Where can I get more information about vaccines?

Please visit our Primary Childhood Immunisation section.

School vaccinations

My child is due their school vaccinations, how can they get vaccinated?

School teams are dropping consent packs to schools at the moment. Please check your childs bag and complete the consent form. The form needs to be sent back to your childs school in the envelope provided. 

If your child missed their vaccines last year because of school building closures you should contact your local school team to ask for an appointment for your child. 

I have a question who can I talk to? 

The School programmes are organised by the local immunisation office. Please contact your local office using the contact details available from here.

Will my child need to restart their HPV vaccination schedule?

There is no requirement to restart the HPV vaccine schedule if the schedule is interrupted

Can I go to my GP now for school vaccinations?

No. 

Vaccines for pregnant women

Should I get vaccinated?

Yes. The HSE recommend that patients attend medical appointments; this includes vaccinations.

It is important to protect yourself and your baby.

Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is recommended from 16-36 weeks.

The vaccines should be given on time or as soon as possible after to protect against serious infectious diseases.

Please contact your GP to make an appointment.

Download the Vaccination Appointment Advice for pregnant women.

Where can I get more information about vaccines?

Please visit our Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine section.

Vaccines for at-risk groups

Should I get vaccinated?

Yes. The HSE recommend that patients attend medical appointments; this includes vaccinations.

PPV vaccine is recommended for people in at risk groups including over 65s and people with long term medical conditions.

The vaccine should be given on time or as soon as possible after to protect against serious infectious diseases.

Please contact your GP to make an appointment.

Download the Vaccination Appointment Advice for at-risk groups.

Where can I get more information about vaccines?

Please visit our PPV vaccine section.

Information for GPs and Practice Nurses

This page was updated on 21 September 2020