• Parents and legal guardians invited to book COVID-19 vaccine booster for 12 – 15 year olds
  • Appointments and walk-in booster clinics available to those aged 12 years and over from Saturday, 5th March

 Parents of children aged between 12 and 15 years can book an appointment for their child online to attend for a COVID-19 booster vaccine. Details are available on HSE.ie.

We will begin to offer booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine from this Saturday, 5th March to those aged 12 years and over at our vaccine centres and we are encouraging everyone eligible to avail of the booster dose when it’s offered. Walk in clinics will also be available this weekend for this eligible cohort and details are available here.

Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of Public Health, National Immunisation Office (NIO), welcomed the opening of the booster COVID-19 vaccine programme to 12 to 15 year olds. “As we have seen society opening up in recent weeks, this next stage of the booster vaccine programme is welcome as it will give us even more protection against COVID-19 as we move forward.” 

“For 12 to 15 year olds, it’s important to leave a gap of 6 months between the last COVID-19 vaccine or if they had COVID-19. We would encourage everyone to come forward as the booster dose offers the best protection against the serious effects of COVID-19.” 

Who will be getting vaccine?

To get your COVID-19 booster dose, you MUST be aged 12 years or older. 12 to 15 year olds must attend for their booster dose with a parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian will need to give consent for their child’s vaccination. If you are unable to attend the vaccine appointment to give consent, you can contact HSElive to discuss options. 

How long to wait before getting a booster COVID-19 vaccine?

After your last dose of COVID-19 vaccination, you need to wait

  • 6 months (at least 182 days) if you are aged 12 to 15 years
  • 3 months (at least 90 days) if you are aged 12 to 15 years and Immunocompromised

It is IMPORTANT to remember you will NOT get your booster dose of vaccine if the minimum interval has not passed on the day of your appointment.

 If you had COVID-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least

  • 6 months (at least 182 days) after your positive result or when symptoms started if you are aged 12 to 15 years
  • 6 months (at least 182 days) after your positive result or when symptoms started if you are aged 12 to 15 years and Immunocompromised

How to get your booster dose?

Book your vaccine appointment here to get your booster dose and you can choose a clinic, a date and time that works for you. You can book an appointment up to five days in advance.

If you have any difficulties booking online, please telephone HSElive on 1800 700 700.

From Saturday, 5th March walk-in booster clinics will be open for those aged 12 years and over and those aged 12 – 15 years old, eligible for a booster at this time, MUST be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian to give consent for the vaccination. 

Further details on the walk-in clinics are available here.