COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways, and sometimes other parts of your body. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. COVID-19 is highly infectious. It spreads through the air through droplets produced when people cough or sneeze, or when they touch surfaces where the droplets have landed and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. COVID-19 can cause serious illness, hospitalisation and even death.
Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They prepare your immune system (your body’s natural defences) to recognise and defend itself against a specific virus.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
If you are 16 years of age or older and have NOT yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, then please register your details using the form below, and we will be in touch with you once we have an available appointment. We currently have great availability of Pfizer vaccines and we are holding clinics every week. If you are the parent of guardian of a 12 to 15 year old you can also complete the form below. We will phone you with an appointment date and time. A parent or guardian will need to attend to sign in person on the day.
You will need 2 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
It takes 7 days after the 2nd dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to work. This is when you are fully vaccinated.
You should get your 2nd dose 4 weeks (28 days) after your 1st dose.
Vaccines teach your immune system how to protect you from diseases.
It is much safer for your immune system to learn how to protect you from COVID-19 through vaccination than by catching the virus.
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was developed in line with international standards of safety.
Millions of people in the UK and the US have been given the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild to moderate and short-term.
Not everyone gets side effects.
All vaccines are tested for safety and effectiveness before they can be used. The HSE only uses a vaccine if it meets the required standards of safety and effectiveness. You should get any vaccine that is offered to you.
There’s no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination is unsafe if you’re pregnant. Being vaccinated will reduce the chance of you becoming very unwell.
The information we have so far shows that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine does not have any negative effect on babies in the womb.
There is no known reason to avoid breastfeeding if you are vaccinated.
If very small parts of the vaccine get into your breast milk, they will be digested in your baby’s stomach.
You can also talk to a health professional, like your GP (Doctor), Pharmacist or healthcare team. You can also visit the HSE website at www.hse.ie/covid19vaccine or call HSELive on 1850 24 1850.
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