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Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations for Eligible Patients - Clinics October/November 2022

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Patients who are eligible for a Covid-19 Booster vaccine can book an appointment to receive their vaccine.

Please read the information below carefully to see if you are eligible for a Covid-19 booster and what number of Boosters you can receive in total.

Booster vaccines are now offered for the following groups:

  • first booster – people aged 16 and older can get this if they have not already had a booster (Please note: patients aged 12-16 years book with HSE clinic).
  • second booster – people aged 50 and older, pregnant women, healthcare workers, and people with certain long-term medical conditions* can book this now.  See list of eligible medical conditions below.
  • third booster – people aged 65 and older; people aged 16 and older with a weak immune system* (very specific and limited list of medical conditions which cause immunosuppression)

Long term medical conditions which put people at increased risk from Covid-19 (eligible for second booster):

    • patients with a learning disability other than Down syndrome (those with Down syndrome are considered high risk and should receive appropriate Boosters)
    • patients being treated for cancer but are not very high risk
    • patients who have been treated in the past 5 years for a cancer of the blood or bone marrow (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
    • patients who have been treated in the past 1 year with immunomodulating treatment for a cancer that did not start in the blood or bone marrow
    • patients who have chronic heart disease (such as heart failure)
    • patients who have chronic kidney disease with an eGFR below 30ml a minute
    • patients who have chronic liver disease (such as cirrhosis or fibrosis)
    • patients who have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy) that affects their breathing or ability to protect or clear their airway
    • patients who have clinically stable cystic fibrosis
    • patients who have a serious lung condition but are not at very high risk, for example, severe asthma, moderate COPD, emphysema or bronchitis
    • patients who have diabetes
    • patients who are taking medicine that makes your immune system weak (such as high doses of steroids)
    • patients who have a condition that means you have a high risk of getting infections (such as lupus, scleroderma, or HIV when not on treatment or CD4 count <200)
    • patients who have an inherited metabolic disorder but are not very high risk
    • patients with obesity with a body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 40
    • patients who have a severe mental illness (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression)

In all cases, you must wait at least 4 months since getting your last COVID-19 vaccine. You can check the date of your last vaccine on your digital COVID-19 certificate.  If you had COVID-19, wait at least 4 months since you tested positive or from when your symptoms started.

These clinics are being arranged in response to national plans to increase Booster vaccine roll-out. The vaccines provided by the HSE are for Booster vaccines only and are NOT SUITABLE for use as a First or Second dose Covid vaccine. If you have not received your first or second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, please book with a HSE clinic for a suitable vaccine.

You can receive your Booster vaccine at the same time as your flu vaccine. Please read the information linked below about the Covid-19 Booster vaccine before you book and attend for your vaccine.

Please book your appointment online where possible. This is to try and reduce the amount of administration involved in these large clinics. If you are not familiar with online booking, please ask a family member or friend to help you.

Appointments are limited to what we can safely provide, based on staff and practice capacity.  Appointments will be booked on a first come, first served basis as per the online system. The booking form will say ‘Adult Flu Clinic’ but there is an option to book a Covid-19 Booster only.

These clinics require a huge amount of administration and clinical input, at a time when demand is already high for appointments and GP services. Please bear in mind that staff are doing their best to help all patients and that we have to put in a huge amount of extra time and effort to organise these clinics, especially at this time of year.

Please do not book a vaccination appointment if you have any flu-like / head-cold / respiratory or Covid-19 symptoms as you cannot enter the surgery with symptoms.

Click the links below to book your Adult Flu Vaccine (and/or Covid-19 Booster)

Tuesday 29th November (afternoon)

Please note the booking form says ‘Adult Flu vaccine’ but you can also book the Covid booster. If you cannot get an appointment in this clinic, please check back again in a few days as we will continue to add new clinic dates. If you cannot book online, please call Reception after 10am and please be aware that the telephones are extremely busy at this time.