Covid -19 Vaccination
We hope to commence Covid -19 vaccinations for those over 70 in the coming weeks.
We will initially begin vaccinating patients in the over 85 age group and then proceed to vaccinate the following groups in turn 80 -85, 75- 80 and finally 70 -75.
We will be administering either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. Therefore we are requesting that all patients over 70 who are eligible for the vaccine to accurately fill out the registration form below.
We will contact patients in each age group when the vaccine becomes available. You will receive a text inviting you to book a time slot for your vaccine on our website.
You can get further information on getting your Covid-19 vaccine from the HSE website which can be accessed from the link below.
The vaccine is strictly for those age 70 and over.
The vaccine will be given in the surgery on specially appointed days.
When you attend for the vaccine please wear short sleeves or a loose neck top .
You will need to remain in the surgery for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) and Moderna Vaccine
Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines prevent Covid -19 Disease. These are mRNA vaccines that teach your body how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response. They do not use the live virus.
Please do not take this vaccine if you ever had a severe allergic reaction to any of the active substances in the vaccine. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue. This reaction is serious and can be life-threatening. Please read the patient information leaflet to see the list of ingredients in the vaccines.
We recommend that you read the patient information available on the following links,
Please tell your GP before vaccination
1 If you ever had a severe allergic reaction after any other vaccine injection.
2 If you currently have an infection with a high-temperature over 38°C.
3 If you have a problem with bleeding or bruising or take blood thinning medication.
4 If your immune system does not work properly or take medicines that weaken the immune system.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding tell your doctor. We will discuss with you the relative risks and benefits of the vaccine.
How are the vaccines given
The vaccine is given into the muscle in your upper arm.
You will receive 2 injections. You will be told when you need to return for a 2nd injection. It is usually given 3 to 4 weeks following the first injection
Possible side effects
All vaccines can cause side effects .Most of these are mild to moderate and short term. The following link gives information on side effects.
Very common– may affect more than one in 10 people
Tenderness, pain, redness, itching, swelling at injection site.
Joint pain or muscle ache
Common may affect up to one in 10 people
Lump at the injection site.
Flu like symptoms.
Uncommon –may affect 1 in 100 people
Enlarged lymph nodes.
Sweating, itch or skin rash.
Bells Palsy may occur in 1 in 10,000 people. This causes facial weakness which resolves in the majority of cases.