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The HSE/South East Community Healthcare urges eligible people to get the Spring COVID-19 Booster before end of June

As the last day of June 2024 deadline approaches, the HSE/South East Community Healthcare (SECH) is urging eligible people across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford to take advantage of the opportunity to receive their COVID-19 Spring booster dose.

The booster is essential to maintaining strong protection against severe illness and hospitalisation due to COVID-19, especially as immunity from previous doses or infections may diminish over time.

The Spring booster dose campaign began on the 22nd April 2024, targeting specific high-risk groups to ensure they receive the necessary protection. Those eligible for the booster include:

  • Individuals aged 80 or older.
  • Those living in long-term care facilities for older adults.
  • Individuals aged 5 or older with weakened immune systems.

Additionally, people aged 70 to 79 can request the vaccine after consulting with a healthcare provider, such as a GP, Pharmacist or at a Vaccination Centre.

There is a critical need for these boosters and the HSE/SECH would like the uptake to be higher.

The HSE/SECH emphasises the importance of increasing these numbers to protect the most vulnerable populations from potential COVID-19 complications.

The COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster dose, is provided free of charge.

The HSE/SECH encourages everyone who is eligible and has not yet received their booster to walk in to a clinic that is closest to them (see clinic dates and times below) as soon as possible, noting that the deadline for the Spring booster campaign is the last day of June 2024.

The message from HSE/South East Community Healthcare is that your health and the health of our community depend on this crucial step, so let’s work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The HSE/South East Community Health is committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of the community by providing accessible, high-quality healthcare services. The HSE/SECH continues to lead efforts in the fight against COVID-19, ensuring that all members of the community have the resources and information they need to stay protected.

Last updated on: 13 / 06 / 2024