Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Last update April 18th 2021

We are coming to the end of our Covid-19 vaccination programme for patients over 70 and are now moving to vaccinating patients with high risk medical conditions. For a list of medical condtions which qualify as high risk please click here.

If you believe you have one of the high risk conditions and have not alreday be contacted by your hospital clinic or offered a vaccine by virtue of your age throught the HSE, please contact the practice and speak to one of the Doctors.

If you are aged between 60 and 69 you will be elligible for a Covid-19 vaccine through the HSE and you will need to register for this online. In order to register online please click on this link which will bring you to the online booking page. You will need to provide your mobile phone number, an e-mail address, your PPS number and your Eircode so have these ready before you begin the registration process. 

If you are unable to register online you can phone the Covid-19 helpline instead who will do the registration for you on 1850 24 1850 but you will still need to provide them with the details listed above. 

In order to facilitate an efficient roll out of the vaccine to you or your loved ones please contact us to ensure we have an up to date mobile phone number and PPSN for you. We will contact you by text for your covid-19 appointment.

We will soon be starting to vaccinate people between 18 and 59 with long term medical conditions. If you think you might be elligible based on the HSE list of elligible conditions please contact us by phone.

For more informaton about the proposed roll out of the vaccines and general vaccine information click here.

For more information on the sequence the provisional vaccine allocation group click here.

For general information about the Covid-19 vaccine from the HSE click here.

If you are due to have a vaccine with us please download and complete page 1 of this Covid 19 checklist form and bring it with you on the day of your vaccine.

Information on specific vaccines

Pfizer/Biontech Vaccine

The Pfizer/Biontech vaccine (Comirnaty) was the first vaccine approve by the European Medicines Agency and is currently in use in Ireland. This vaccine does not contain any actual virus so it is not possible to get Covid-19 infection from it. Instead, it uses messenger RNA to “teach” our immune cells how to create anti-bodies against the spike proteins on the Covid-19 virus. The spikes on the coronavirus are what allow it to attach to healthy cells and cause disease so destroying these effectively kills the virus.

Side effects from this vaccine include soreness at the injection site, fatigue, headache and fever. These are usually mild and transient. Two vaccinations with 0.3mls of the vaccine at least 21 days apart are required.

Moderna Vaccine

The Moderna vaccine was the second vaccine to be used here in Ireland is similar to the Pzfizer one in that it also uses messenger RNA to stimulate the body to develop antibodies against the Covid-19 virus. It also has to be stored at very low temperatures and so it will be challenging to deliver this vaccine in General Practice. Two doses are required to develop adequate immunity. Currently it is planned to offer this and the Pfizer vaccine to all patients over 70 years of age and the AstraZeneca vaccine (see below) to patients under 70. this is because there are concerns that the AstraZeneca vaccine may not be effective in older age groups.

Side effects include tenderness, swelling and redness around the injection site as well as aches and pains, fever and headache. These occur in about one in every ten doses given and are more likely on the second dose.

More detailed information on how both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine work with detailed illustrations can be got from this article from the New York Times newspaper.

AstraZeneca Vaccine

This vaccine has a different mode of action than the other two and is a lot more stable. This vaccine hides tiny strands of DNA inside another virus called an adenovirus. These are well known viruses and are generally associated with the common cold. The adenovirus contained in the vaccine gets into the body’s immune cells and prompts it to produce antibodies against the spike proteins on the covid-19 virus. Once these are formed the body kills off the Covid-19 virus once it enters the body.

Two vaccines are required and similar side effects to the vaccines above are associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The interval between the two vaccine administrations is now 16 weeks.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been assosciated with a rare condition which causes low blood platalets and blood clotting. Although the incidence of this adverse reaction is only between 4 and 10 per million people who receive the vaccine, our vaccination governing body (NIAC) have recently decided that it should only be given to people over 60. This is an evolving story and this guidance may change as the weeks go by. For more information on the risks of clotting and advice on who should not receive this vaccine please click here.