HSE advise vaccination ahead of Kraken becoming dominant COVID-19 strain in Ireland

The HSE is advising people to top up their immunity ahead of the Kraken variant of COVID-19 becoming the dominant strain of the virus in the country.

Kraken, a more transmissible derivative of the omicron strain, has taken hold in the United States and is expected to become the dominant variant in Ireland in the coming weeks.

Currently there are high levels of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, in circulation in the community. Therefore it’s important that all eligible people avail of COVID-19 booster to protect themselves and those around them from serious COVID-19 illness.

All people in the 18-49 years age group are eligible for their second COVID-19 booster, provided it is six months since their last vaccine or since they had a COVID-19 infection.

You can check the number of COVID-19 vaccines you have already received and the date of your last COVID-19 vaccine on your digital COVID-19 certificate.

There are a number of options for those in Cavan Monaghan to get their vaccines over the next week.

To book your vaccination:

  • Go to a walk-in COVID-19 booster clinic
  • Book a COVID-19 booster appointment online at HSE vaccination clinics
  • Get your COVID-19 booster vaccine at a participating pharmacy, check the list of pharmaciesor your GP

You can get your vaccinations in Sligo Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan and Monaghan this week at the below dates and times.

You can either present at one of the walk in clinics or you can book an appointment online.

Sligo Leitrim

Pop up Clinic:  Tubbercurry Health centre, Teeling Street, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. F91 PD27

  • Thursday 19th January
    10am to 12.30pm 12yrs+

Pop up Clinic:  Ballymote Primary care Centre, Earlsfield, Ballymote, F56 PK88.

  • Thursday 19th January
    1.30pm to 4pm 12yrs+

Sligo Covid Vaccination Centre, Sligo Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo, F56 W2Kh

  • Friday 20th January
    11.30am to 2.30pm 12yrs+
    3.15pm to 7pm 12yrs+
  • Saturday 21s t January
    8.30am to 12.30pm 12yrs+
    1.15pm to 2.30 pm 12yrs+
    3pm to 4pm  5-11 yrs

Leitrim Vaccination Centre, North West Business Park and Technology park, Castlecarra road, Carrick on Shannon, N41 DP73

  • Thursday 19th January
    9.30am to 1.30pm 12yrs+
    2.15pm to 3.45pm 5 -11 yrs
    4.15pm to 7pm 12yrs+
  • Saturday 21st January
    9.30am to 12.30pm 12yrs+


Letterkenny COVID-19 Vaccination Centre, Building 1b IDA Business Park, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, F92 FP83.

  • Thursday 19th January
    8.15am to 4.15pm 12+yrs
  • Friday 20th January
    9.15am to 4pm 12+yrs
    4.15pm to 5.15pm 5-11 yrs
  • Saturday 21st January
    8.15am to 4.15pm

St Mary’s Parish Hall Stranorlar Co Donegal F93EK52

  • Friday 20th January
    10.30am to 5pm

Cavan and Monaghan

Drumalee GAA Club House, St. Felim's Park, Drumalee, Cavan, H12 DY88

  • Saturday 21st January
    10am to 2.45pm
  • Monday 23rdJanuary
    1pm – 7pm 12+
  • Tuesday 24thJanuary
    10am – 3.30pm 12+

COVID-19 Vaccination Service, Rooskey, Co. Monaghan, H18 ED80

  • Friday 20th January
    10am to 3pm 12+
  • Wednesday 25th January
    10am to 4.30pm 12+ yrs
  • Thursday 26th January
    1pm to 7pm 12+ yrs
  • Saturday 28thJanuary
    10am to 2.45pm 12+ yrs

Sinead McConnell, General Manager, Covid Vaccination Programme HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo said: “People in the 18 to 49 year old age group played a huge role in protecting the more vulnerable people in society during the early stages of COVID-19 and people are still vulnerable. Therefore it’s important this age group come forward for their booster before this highly transmissible Kraken variant becomes the dominant strain in the country shortly. Vaccination is an effective, safe way to protect you and people around you from flu or COVID-19. You can get your vaccine by presenting at any of our walk in clinics or through booking an appointment online.”

For information on how to book a COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.hse.ie or call HSELive on 1800 700 700.

Last updated on: 19 / 01 / 2023