Which vaccine you will be offered
If you are 30 or older, you will be offered a single booster dose of either the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, or the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. These are both mRNA vaccines. The vaccine you will be offered will depend on supply.
If you are 29 or younger, you will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as your booster dose.
You may get a non-mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, like Novavax, if an mRNA vaccine is not suitable or you choose not to have an mRNA vaccine.
Read more about Covid-19 vaccine types
Booster dose safety
We have less information on the safety of the second Covid-19 booster. The UK, Israel, Denmark and some other countries are giving a second booster to certain people. Studies show that there have not been any unexpected safety concerns so far for people who have had their first and second booster.
Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory heart conditions and are very rare risks of mRNA vaccines. These rare side effects are more common in men under the age of 30 years after their second primary vaccine dose. The risk of these side effects appears to be lower after the first booster.
Read more about Covid-19 vaccine side effects
If you have any concerns about getting a booster, talk to our pharmacist.
After your COVID-19 booster dose
You only need to wait in the pharmacy after your booster dose for 15 minutes. Get medical care immediately if:-
- have difficulty breathing
- feel dizzy
- have a fast heartbeat or a skin rash
These could be a sign of an allergic reaction. But severe allergic reactions are rare.
EU digital COVID cert
These certs are issued by the Government, not by the HSE.
You can request:
- a certificate if you have received your primary Covid-19 vaccination, or
- an updated certificate if you have had a booster dose
Request a digital Covid-19 cert on gov.ie