Press release

HSE launches COVID-19 Spring booster vaccination campaign

Published: 19 April 2024

People aged 80 and over and people aged 5 and above with a weak immune system urged to get vaccinated and protect themselves against COVID-19.

The HSE’s Spring booster vaccination programme gets underway on Monday, 22nd April with the roll out of the free COVID-19 vaccine to recommended groups.

The following groups are eligible for a COVID-19 Spring booster vaccine:

  • age 80 or older
  • age 5 or older with a weak immune system
  • older persons living in residential care facilities

COVID-19 vaccines will be available from participating GPs and pharmacists. HSE vaccination teams will also provide the vaccine for people living in residential care facilities including nursing homes, and individuals who are housebound.

Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of the HSE National Immunisation Office, said:

“We know that people’s immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine weakens over time, especially in older people. This latest booster will keep them protected from serious illness and boost their immunity against infection from COVID-19.

“We aim to complete this COVID-19 Spring booster programme by the end of May and we are urging everyone eligible to take up this opportunity to protect themselves by getting vaccinated at this time. It is vital that all those who are eligible, get their free COVID-19 booster vaccines from participating pharmacies or GPs. For children aged 5 – 11 years who are eligible for a vaccine, the HSE will contact parents/guardians directly to attend a dedicated vaccine clinic.”

In line with NIAC advice people aged 70 to 79 may also request a vaccine if they so wish following discussion with their healthcare provider.

For more information on the COVID-19 Spring booster programme visit, call HSELive on 1800 700 700 or talk to a participating GP or pharmacist.

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