Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you. This week, we would particularly appreciate your help in sharing our communications updates on vaccination for people aged 18-24.
Please note that our next scheduled partner pack update will be sent out during the week of August 9th.
Public Health Measures
You can find information here about the public health measures in place.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
More than 5.34 million vaccines have been administered in Ireland so far and 66% of adults are fully vaccinated. Over 80% of adults have received at least one dose. We are grateful to all of our colleagues and partners, and to the public, for taking part and making this happen.
For updates and information on the vaccination programme please visit www.hse.ie/rollout.
Vaccine registration opens for people aged 18-24
Online registration for everyone aged 18-24 is now open. People in this age group can register now and will be offered a vaccine appointment at a HSE vaccination centre within 3 weeks of registering.
Vaccine options for people in this age group:
People aged 18-24 may have a choice between 2 types of vaccine, both types will protect from severe illness from COVID-19.
- the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. These mRNA vaccines are the recommended and preferred option for people under the age of 50. People aged 18-24 will be offered an appointment for one of these vaccines within 3 weeks of registering online.
- the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. These viral vector vaccines have been associated with a rare side effect of unusual blood clots, which is more common in people under 50.
When registering online, people can indicate that they are happy to opt for a viral vector vaccine. This may mean they can be vaccinated sooner, all depending on vaccine supplies. The appointment text will let people know which vaccine is being offered.
People aged 18-34 can also choose to get a Janssen vaccine at a participating pharmacy, depending on supplies. If people in this age group are already registered with a pharmacy for a Janssen vaccine, they can now register on HSE.ie for an mRNA vaccine.
Registration for people aged 25 to 69
People aged 25 to 69 who have not already registered for their vaccine can still register online.
If you cannot register online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.
Vaccine resources in other languages
You can find extensive resources about COVID-19 Vaccines and the COVID-19 virus, in up to 36 other languages, here. Languages include Albanian, Arabic, Farsi, Latvian, Romanian, Somali, Tamil and Yoruba.
Please help support COVID vaccines #ForUsAll by adding a #Twibbon to your social media
Why get the COVID-19 vaccine? Get it for yourself, your family, your friends and #ForUsAll
You can now download a Twibbon to use on your social media profile to show your support for COVID-19 vaccines. There are two Twibbons to choose from:
After you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are vaccine protected
When your vaccine has had time to work, you can do some things that were not recommended before you were vaccinated. You can find more information here.
EU Digital COVID Certificate
If you have queries in relation to this certificate or international travel in general, you can:
- visit the government website
- get travel advice to help you make an informed decision
- access travel advice and information on measures in place across the EU
The emergency helpline number for the Digital COVID Certificate is: 1800 851 504
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source – here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
- Check https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/for information about the vaccine, information on this page is updated regularly
- Find the vaccine information materials at https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/covid-19-resources-and-translations/covid-19-vaccine-materials/
- Details on getting the COVID-19 vaccine is updated regularly here
- Details on COVID-19 vaccines administered are available here
- Read thefull COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy
- Read the National Immunisation Advisory Committee Chapter about COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccine information for health professionals
COVID-19 Testing – Online Booking System
We have a COVID-19 test online booking system for testing centres. To book a test, log on to our system here. You can also show up without an appointment, but you may not have to wait as long if you book online.
Full details of how to get tested are available here.
Mobile Service available in Cork / Kerry providing services relating to sexual health, drugs and alcohol
A new mobile health service will travel to all parts of Cork and Kerry in order to make support, information and interventions around sexual health and drug and alcohol services available to all.
The ‘DASH’ (Drugs, Alcohol and Sexual Health) mobile unit is the first of its kind in Ireland, providing community-wide mobile services such as rapid HIV testing, condom provision, drug and alcohol assessments and support from trained health promotion professionals.
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on https://www.hpsc.ie/ where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.
You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
Please also check the Healthy Ireland site here with further resources and information on the Keep Well campaign.
You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.
Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.