COVID-19 Vaccination

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is underway. Currently in Ireland, COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in hospitals, residential care facilities, GP surgeries, HSE vaccination centres and now in community pharmacies. 

How do I get vaccinated with CarePlus Pharmacy?

At CarePlus Pharmacy we are participating in the COVID-19 Vaccination Service. A number of our CarePlus Pharmacies have been selected to partake in the HSE’s Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccination Programme that will allow us to deliver COVID-19 vaccines in the community.

Currently we are offering COVID-19 Janssen® single-dose vaccine in most CarePlus Pharmacies, for those aged 18-34  and for 50 years and older age group who have not yet received a vaccine.This single dose vaccine, takes 14 days to work after which point you are considered fully vaccinated. 

The next phase of the HSE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is now underway for COVID-19 Comirnaty® Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and is now available in selected CarePlus Pharmacies*. This two-dose vaccine given 4-weeks apart, takes 7 days to work after recieving both doses at which point you are considered fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in line with strategy based on priority groups, which is designed to vaccinate people who are most at risk of COVID-19 first. Click here to check your priority group.

Inquiries for this service can be made by calling your local CarePlus Pharmacy* to register your interest in an appointment for the vaccine or alternatively for selected CarePlus Pharmacies* you can use the online portal. Please click on the "Register" button to fill in your details and you will then be contacted by a member of the CarePlus Pharmacy team when an appointment becomes available.

You may be asked to confirm your contact details along with your PPSN, answer some eligibility criteria questions and confirm your consent for the vaccine.

*Subject to eligibility criteria, trained pharmacist, and vaccine availability. Selected CarePlus Pharmacies only.

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine and your Appointment

COVID-19 Health Screen Prior to Appointment:

Please do not attend your appointment if
• you have any current symptoms of Covid 19 or
• have been diagnosed with Covid 19 in the last 4 weeks or
• have been told you are a close contact of someone with Covid 19 or
• have been told you should isolate or
• have recently returned from foreign travel

Appointment Times:

• You should allow at least 30 minutes for your vaccination appointment. After getting the vaccine, you will be under observation for 15 minutes.
• Please be on time but do not arrive at your local CarePlus Pharmacy more than 5 minutes before your appointment
• You will be sent a reminder prior to your appointment
• If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please contact your local CarePlus Pharmacy as soon as you can
• Adults should arrive for their vaccination unaccompanied where possible

On the Day of your Vaccine Appointment:

• Please wear a loose-fitting top so that your upper arm is easily accessible
• Bring your phone, photo ID and a face covering
• If this is your second vaccination dose please bring your vaccination record card

Vaccine Information Leaflets:

Please read the relevant information  leaflets above about your assigned vaccine prior to your appointment. Leaflets will also be available at the pharmacy when you arrive for your vaccination.


Who is most at risk from COVID-19?

People aged 65 and older and people with certain health conditions have a higher risk of getting seriously ill if they get COVID-19.

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

A vaccine is a substance that should improve immunity (protection) to a particular disease. The COVID-19 vaccine will offer you protection from COVID-19. If people are vaccinated, it should also reduce the numbers who become seriously ill or even die from COVID-19 in our community.

It is much safer for your immune system to learn how to protect you through vaccination than through getting COVID-19 itself.

How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines?

The first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in Ireland by the EMA was the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Millions of people in the UK and the US have already been given this vaccine.

Trials have shown that the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine is 95% effective, meaning that 95% of people who got this vaccine in the trial were protected from COVID-19.

The second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in Ireland by the EMA was the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Trials have shown that the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective meaning 94.5% of people who got this vaccine in the trial were protected from COVID-19.

The third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in Ireland by the EMA is the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Trials have shown that the AstraZeneca vaccine is 60% effective. This means that 60% of people who received this vaccine in the trial were protected from COVID-19. New evidence from England shows that the vaccine reduced the risk of people getting COVID-19 by:

  • 76% after the first dose for up to 12 weeks
  • 82% when the second dose was given 12 weeks later

The fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in Ireland by the EMA was the COVID‐19 Vaccine Janssen®. Trials have shown that the Janssen® vaccine is 66.9% effective. This means that 66.9% of people who received this vaccine in the trial were protected from COVID-19.

Who should get the vaccine?

You can see the list of groups for vaccination on this website: www.gov.ie/covid19vaccine

If you are contacted to have the vaccination, you will be asked some questions regarding your medical eligibility to ensure it is suitable for you.

While it is up to you to decide if you wish to get the vaccine, the HSE, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health strongly recommend that you do so as soon as it is offered to you.

Are there some people who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. You should not get the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • Have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine (read the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet to see the list of ingredients)
  • Have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine

Or to individuals with:

  • Current COVID-19 infection or history of COVID-19 infection within the last 4 weeks
  • Severe illness and/or a high fever on the day of vaccination

You can still get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have an allergy to penicillin, latex, insect stings, dust mites, and food including nuts and eggs, as long as you are not allergic to any component of the vaccine.

Most people will be able to safely get the vaccine. If you have had an immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine or injectable therapy, you should talk to your doctor about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mild side effects of the vaccine include:

  • A sore arm at the site of injection
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Feeling achy

If needed, you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol. If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 999/112 or local equivalent.

Serious side effects to any vaccines, like an allergic reaction, are extremely rare. These are seen in approximately one in 1 million people for all vaccines. Remember, these vaccines are new, and long-term side effect information is limited. As more people in Ireland and around the world get vaccinated, more information may become available.

Your local CarePlus Pharmacist administering the vaccine will be happy to answer any questions you have at your appointment for the vaccine. They will also give you an aftercare advice leaflet, and a vaccine record card showing the name and batch number of the vaccine you have been given.

Why is it important to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine should reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 and protect you from serious complications of the illness. The government's aim in offering the vaccine to the population is to protect people and reduce the amount of illness and deaths caused by this virus.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

The HSE only uses vaccines when they meet the required standards of safety and effectiveness. While the work to develop COVID-19 vaccines has moved much faster than usual, the vaccines you are been offered has gone through all the usual steps needed to develop and approve a safe and effective vaccine.

To be approved for use, the COVID-19 vaccines went through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through, following international standards of safety.

There are 4 different vaccines that have been approved in Ireland currently Comirnaty®, Moderna®, Vaxzevria®COVID‐19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and COVID‐19 Vaccine Janssen®.

They have all been tested with thousands of people as part of clinical trials, have met strict standards of safety, quality, and effectiveness, and been approved and licensed by regulators. For Ireland, the regulator is the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – visit www.ema.europa.eu for more information.

What COVID-19 vaccine am I being offered?

You will not get to choose which vaccine you get. The type of vaccine offered to you will be based on supply.

All the vaccines we use are safe and will protect you from serious illness or death from COVID-19. The best vaccine to get is the one you are offered.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It will only take a few minutes to receive the vaccine, but you must wait in your local CarePlus Pharmacy after receiving the vaccination so the CarePlus Pharmacy team can monitor you.

You will be asked to wait between 15-30 minutes depending on your medical history of anaphylaxis (analphylaxis is a serious systemic allergic reaction requiring medical intervention).

How long does it take the COVID-19 vaccine to work?

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, most people will have immunity. This means they will be protected against COVID-19.

Vaccine recipients may not be protected until:

  • 7 days after the second dose of Comirnaty®
  • 14 days after second dose of COVID‐19 Vaccine Moderna®
  • 15 days after the second dose of Vaxzevria® COVID‐19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (however, protection starts three weeks after the first dose)
  • 14 days after COVID‐19 Vaccine Janssen®

Clinical trial follow‐up is on‐going to determine the length of protection from COVID‐19 vaccines. 

There is a chance you might still get Covid-19, even if you have the vaccine.

How long does immunity last from the vaccine?

We do not know yet how long immunity will last. Clinical trials are ongoing to find this out.

More information

For more information, read the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet. This will be printed for you on the day you get your vaccine, or you can find it on www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinePIL.

You can visit the HSE website at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine or call HSELive on 1850 24 1850.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including materials in other formats and translation support, visit: www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinematerials


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