Press release

HSE urges eligible people to get COVID-19 spring booster in coming days as Vaccination Programme pauses for summer months

Published: 23 May 2024

The HSE is urging anyone eligible who is considering getting a COVID-19 booster dose to get the vaccine in the coming days as the vaccine programme will pause on Friday, 14 June.The COVID-19 vaccination programme will then conclude for the summer as it has done previously.

Currently, the following groups are recommended to receive a COVID-19 Spring booster vaccine:

  • age 80 or older
  • age 5 or older with a weak immune system
  • those living in a long-term facility for older adults.

COVID-19 vaccines are available from participating GPs and pharmacists. HSE vaccination teams also give the vaccine to 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 14 June. So 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 has already contacted 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.

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

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