This page was last updated on 30/06/2021
Can I use this service?
You can only use this service if:
- you live in Northern Ireland
- you are entitled to treatment by the health service
- you meet one of the following criteria:
- aged 18 or older
- At present, if you’re aged 18 years or older (or will turn 18 by the 31 Oct 2021 i.e born on or before 31 October 2003) you can get vaccinated at one of Northern Ireland’s regional vaccination centres.
- aged 16 or older and you are clinically extremely vulnerable with a shielding letter, or you have an underlying health condition with a GP letter
- you have been invited by your hospital specialist
- you have been invited via letter from your employer
- Additional eligibility – 12-15s CEV / Underlying conditions / Immunosuppressed household
Is there anything I need to know?
There is important information on this page – you should read through all of the information carefully before booking.
What am I booking?
If you are eligible, you will book 2 appointments which are 6 weeks apart. At each appointment you will receive an injection to help protect you against COVID-19.
It is important that you attend both appointments so you are fully vaccinated, and if you cannot make your appointment should cancel it so we can offer your appointment to another person.
What do I need to book?
You will need a mobile number or email address to book your vaccination online so we can confirm your appointment details.
If you know your Health and Care Number (HCN), it will help us tell your GP that you’ve been vaccinated. You can find your HCN on any GP or hospital letter, on any prescription or on your medical card. If you don’t know your Health and Care number, you should not call your GP to ask for it.
What if I am unwell or have COVID-19?
You can still have a vaccine if you have a mild fever or upper airway infection, like a cold.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should wait for 4 weeks before attending a vaccination appointment. If you are unsure, you can use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker to determine whether you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
Like any medicine, there are risks and side effects. For most people, the vaccine is safe.
If you have had any vaccine in the past 7 days, you should wait until at least 7 days has passed before booking your COVID-19 vaccine.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should speak to a member of the vaccination team when you arrive at your appointment:
- Are you allergic to any of the ingredients of the vaccine?
- Have you ever had a severe allergic reaction or breathing problems after any other medicine or vaccine in the past, or a severe allergic reaction that could not be explained?
- Do you have a severe illness with a high fever?
- Do you have a problem with bleeding or bruising?
- Are you are taking a blood thinning medication (anticoagulant)?
- Do you have a weakened immune system?
- Are you on a medicine that affects your immune system such as high-dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressants or cancer medicines?
- Are you, or could you be, pregnant?
If you are not sure how to answer any of the above, please speak with the vaccination team when you arrive at the vaccination centre.
During your appointment you should be given a leaflet with information on your vaccine, including side-effects and ingredients.
Whilst rare, if you have any of the following you should contact your doctor or healthcare professional immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away as you may be having a life-threatening allergic reaction: itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue.
Can I get a vaccine if I am part of a COVID-19 trial?
If you are, or have been, in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, please bring a letter or email to your appointment from the trial team saying that you can be safely vaccinated.
If you are part of any other trial this will not prevent you from receiving your vaccine. If you are taking part in a COVID-19 survey can also receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Please speak to the trial or survey team if you have any questions.
What should I expect on the day?
Before you leave
You should not come if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive.
You should come alone unless you need assistance.
You must bring photo ID with proof of your age on it, e.g. passport, driving licence, electoral card, or travel pass. Photo identification which has passed its expiration date is acceptable.
If you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group you must bring your shielding letter. If you are in the underlying health condition group you must bring your GP letter. If you do not bring your letter you may not be able to receive your vaccination.
When you arrive
The vaccination centre staff will check your details before you get your vaccine.
The nurse or doctor will ask you some questions for your safety before you get a vaccine – you should answer these as accurately as possible.
If you are unable to answer these questions we will be unable to give a vaccine and referral back to your GP will be advised.
If you are attending the vaccination centre with someone who is unable to answer these questions, you will need to answer these questions for them.
After getting the vaccine
You will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after your vaccination before you can leave. Vaccination centre staff will give you a vaccine card. You should keep this safe and bring it back at your next appointment. This vaccine card is not proof of vaccination.