People aged 18-24 are invited to register to opt in for a COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine

Monday, 19th July 2021

  • Register online or by phone at 1800 700 700 for HSE vaccination centre appointments

People aged 18-24 who would like to opt in for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are being invited to register online from today. This invitation is for people aged 18-24, including those within this age range who may be in another vaccine allocation group and are not yet vaccinated.

The quickest and easiest way to register is online with a Personal Public Service (PPS) number, Eircode, a mobile phone number and an email address. Alternatively, people can call HSELive on 1800 700 700 to register on the phone. People who don’t have a PPSN can also be vaccinated and can register on the phone with HSElive. Once successfully registered, we will send people their appointment details by text message. People who register will be given an appointment at a HSE vaccination centre. We expect to invite people aged 18-24 to register for mRNA vaccines from next week.

Vaccine options for people aged 18-34

The mRNA vaccines are the recommended vaccines for everyone under the age of 50. These are the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Everyone registering online will be offered an appointment for one of these vaccines.

When registering, people can also choose to opt for a viral vector vaccine, the AstraZeneca vaccine, as this may become available earlier than an mRNA vaccine. People opting in may be offered an earlier appointment because a supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine may be available before the mRNA vaccine.

Your appointment text will let you know which vaccine is being offered. People aged 18-34 can also choose to get a Janssen vaccine at a participating pharmacy, depending on supplies. The Janssen vaccine is a viral vector vaccine.

People who are already registered with a pharmacy and waiting for an appointment should also register on HSE.ie now. Depending on vaccine supplies over the coming weeks, you may be offered an appointment for either an AstraZeneca vaccine, or the recommended mRNA vaccines, earlier than at the pharmacy.

For more information on choosing the right vaccine for you, visit https://www2.hse.ie/screening- and-vaccinations/covid-19- vaccine/get-the-vaccine/ people-aged-18-to-34-deciding- on-covid-19-vaccination/

Online consent

People who register and are scheduled for a vaccination at a HSE Vaccination Centre will also receive an SMS with a link which allows them to give consent to accept their allocated vaccine online, before they attend for their vaccination.The text message includes a link to further information on their vaccine, as well as a link to answer some medical questions and give consent. This step is designed to make it as simple and quick as possible for people to get their vaccine.  

Attending a vaccination centre 

Appointments have been spaced out to keep everybody safe. People are asked to arrive on time for their appointment but not more than 5 minutes before their appointment. People are asked not to bring anyone else to the vaccination centre, to reduce the number of people at the centre for infection control reasons. People are asked not to attend for their vaccination with children. If people have difficulty finding childcare for their appointment time, they can find options and read more at www.hse.ie/vacctr

Last updated on: 19 / 07 / 2021