People aged 70 years and older
Residents of long term care facilities for older adults
All aged 5 years and older who have a weak immune system
Following the most recent NIAC (National Immunisation Advisory Committee) advice, the HSE has today (Friday, 28th April 2023) announced the Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine programme for people aged 70 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities for older adults and people aged 5 years and older with a weak immune system.
If you are eligible, you can get a COVID-19 booster from a participating GP or pharmacy or at a Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs). Those eligible must wait at least 3 months since their previous COVID-19 vaccine or since they have had a COVID-19 infection before getting the booster.
Over the coming weeks, residents of long-term care facilities for older adults will be vaccinated by HSE mobile vaccination teams. Children under 12 years with a weak immune system will be vaccinated at CVCs.
In line with NIAC guidance, the HSE aims to complete this COVID-19 booster programme by the end of May. This will allow for the period of time required for those getting their Spring COVID-19 booster to get their next booster dose in autumn, along with their flu vaccine.
Eileen Whelan, National Lead, COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, HSE said: “We are putting the most recent advice from NIAC into action and inviting everyone eligible to get the Spring booster vaccine.
“We know people’s immunity weakens over time, especially in older people. This is why NIAC are recommending a booster for people aged 70 years and older and those in long-term care facilities for older adults. The booster will help keep them protected from serious illness and boost their immunity against infection from COVID-19.”
Anyone aged 5 and older with a weak immune system (immunocompromised) will also be offered a COVID-19 booster. This group is at higher risk of severe disease from COVID-19 and includes cancer patients, transplant patients, people living with chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. The booster will help keep them protected against COVID-19 too.
If you are eligible, you can book a Spring booster appointment at a HSE vaccination clinics online at www.hse.ie. You can also get a booster vaccine at participating pharmacies and GPs. The HSE will be active over the next few weeks in our services, in the media and online, encouraging those eligible to come forward for COVID-19 spring booster vaccines.
Last updated on: 27 / 04 / 2023