Vaccines during COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions about vaccinations during COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine

Information for people getting vaccinated or looking for information is available from hse.ie

Health Professionals giving COVID-19 Vaccine will find information here

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?

This September the HSE school immunisation teams are delivering consent packs to Primary and Secondary schools across the country for children in Junior Infants and students in first year.

Read more information about the school immunisation programme

Will my child need to restart their HPV vaccination schedule?

No. There is no requirement to restart the HPV vaccine schedule if the schedule is interrupted because of COVID-19. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) advice from the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland says:

If an immunisation course is interrupted, it should be resumed as soon as possible. It is not necessary to repeat the course, regardless of the time interval from the previous incomplete course*. The course should be completed with the same brand of vaccine if possible.

* except cholera vaccine

Can you give COVID-19 vaccines with vaccines included in the schools immunisation programme?

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) advises that other vaccines may be administered with COVID-19 vaccines at the same time or at any interval.

If other vaccines are being given at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines, it is preferable to give them in different limbs.

Can I go to my GP now for school vaccinations?

No. The HSE School Immunisation Programme is not provided by GP practices. 

In Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccine continues to be available through your GP for children in Junior Infants or of the same age.

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.

Information for GPs and Practice Nurses

This page was updated on 11 September 2021