Boosters give protection against serious illness and increase your immunity
From today, (Thursday, 1st September 2022), the HSE is inviting people aged 12 to 49 with long term health conditions and Healthcare Workers to make an appointment for their second booster dose. Appointments are available from today.
Commenting, Dr Colm Henry HSE Chief Clinical Officer said: “We know that those who have long-term health conditions are at greater risk from serious illness from COVID-19. Getting a second booster vaccine now will help protect these people, particularly as we come in to the autumn. We are now also calling Healthcare Workers for their next COVID-19 booster. We know immunity from COVID-19 vaccination and previous COVID-19 infection decreases over time so getting your booster when it’s due will give you the best protection from serious illness, and increase immunity against infection from COVID-19.”
Eileen Whelan, HSE National Lead for Test, Trace and Vaccination added: “From today we are moving into the next groups who are due their next booster. Those with long-term health conditions aged 12-49 can book their booster appointment from today once it has been 4 months since their last COVID-19 vaccination or since they were last infected with COVID-19. Healthcare Workers can also book their next booster appointment from today.”
Those who have long-term health conditions, for example diabetes, asthma or heart disease should now come forward for their second booster. More information on who is eligible is available at www.hse.ie.
To book your next booster, you can:
Those who are aged over 50 and people who are more than 16 weeks pregnant are also invited to book their next booster at a HSE vaccination centre or from participating GPs and Pharmacies.
The HSE and Children’s Health Ireland will shortly be inviting, through their parents, children aged 5-11 years who are immunocompromised and now due to have their first booster, following completion of their primary COVID-19 vaccine course.
The HSE will continue to be active over the next few weeks in our services, in the media and online, encouraging people to come forward for these and all other relevant COVID-19 vaccines.
The HSE also strongly urges people who have not yet received a primary COVID-19 vaccine dose to consider attending one of the walk-in clinics for dose one or dose two of the vaccine, or to register for an appointment.
For more information on your next COVID-19 booster, visit www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine or call HSELive on 1800 700 700.
Last updated on: 01 / 09 / 2022