HSE – Covid-19 Booster Vaccine available

HSE – Covid-19 Booster Vaccine available

The Covid-19 booster vaccine will be available for anyone between the ages of 18 and 49.

The HSE is inviting those in this age category to make an appointment as soon as possible (from today onwards) to get their second booster dose.

You must have been infected with the virus less than 6 months ago to qualify for a second vaccine.

In recent weeks, the National Lead of the HSE Covid-19 Vaccination programme, Eileen Whelan has urged people to get their second booster dose. She stressed how important they are in protecting against many types of infection, and said "I encourage everyone to get their second booster dose." It will provide lifelong protection from serious illness and increases your immunity against infection from Covid-19, which tends to reduce over time following your last vaccine.

The HSE outlines that you will be fully protected from the virus only 14 days after having your vaccine

This sounds like it might be a consequence of the rise in Covid-19 cases over the holiday period.

There has been a steep increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 and flu this season. The HSE Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, is very concerned about it, as are we all. Our GPs and hospitals are doing the best they can to provide the help that people need, but unfortunately, there has been an increase in flu cases.

According to Dr Henry, there were 2,329 recorded flu cases in the week ending on December 24. This compares to only 1,174 reported on December 17.

This trend was also reflected in the number of people requiring hospital admissions due to flu, which leapt to 637, from 299 the previous week.

Covid-19 cases increased from 3,118 to 3,809 in just one week, with a total of 737 people in the hospital struggling with the virus.

It's very important that you get vaccinated with the Covid-19 booster shot or an annual flu vaccine if you are eligible. The protection it offers is invaluable, so it's well worth considering. Some people might choose to wait until flu season to get vaccinated and find themselves still sick for many weeks.

Those interested can book an appointment with a vaccination clinic directly on the HSE website:

In addition, booster vaccines may be available at clinics and pharmacies nearby.

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