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Covid19 Booster Vaccination

Appointments for the COVID-19 booster vaccines are now available to book at a number of branches of Burke's Pharmacy if you have previously received a COVID-19 vaccine course and are:

  • 40 or older, or
  • a healthcare worker
  • an individual aged 16-49 with an underlying condition*

*Underlying conditions include: Cancer, Chronic heart and vascular disease, Chronic kidney disease, Chronic liver disease, Chronic neurological disease, Chronic respiratory disease, Diabetes, Immunocompromised, Genetic diseases, Severe mental illness, Inherited metabolic diseases, Intellectual disability, Obesity BMI >35 Kg/m2 and Sickle cell disease

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended to protect you from serious illness caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus).


Weak immune system

If you have a weak immune system, you may be offered an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose to give you better protection.

If you already had an additional dose, you do not need a booster dose at this time. For example, if you have had a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Read about getting an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose if you have a weak immune system


If you had COVID-19

If you had COVID-19 since you were vaccinated, you should get your booster dose at least 6 months after your positive test result. We will not be able to vaccinate you until 6 months post COVID-19.


Which vaccine you will be offered?

You will be offered a single booster dose of the:

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recommended this vaccine as a booster. You will be offered one of these even if you got a different COVID-19 vaccine previously.

For example, you will get a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine even if you were first vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.


Why some people need a booster dose?

COVID-19 infection can cause severe disease. All COVID-19 vaccines licenced in Ireland are effective at protecting you against hospitalisation and severe illness from COVID-19. But infections in people who are fully vaccinated can happen, especially in older people.

This may be because when you are older your immune system does not respond as strongly to vaccination. Protection from vaccination may weaken over time.

Infections may also be more likely because of society opening up and the spread of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.


Booster dose safety

A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose has been:

There have not been any concerns about serious side effects in people who have received a booster dose so far.

If you have any concerns about getting a booster, talk to your GP, nurse, pharmacist or vaccinator.

If you have any concerns about getting a booster, talk to your GP, nurse, pharmacist or vaccinator.

Choose the Pharmacy in which you would like to book your appointment and select the date and then the time for your booking.