Since 25 August 2021, everyone in the Republic of Ireland aged 12 and over was able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 3 million people have been fully vaccinated in Ireland. As of August 18th, 90% of eligible adults were partially vaccinated and 83% of adults are fully vaccinated. Over 75% of our population aged 12 and over are now vaccinated.
The HSE is inviting parents of children aged 12 to 15 to register their children now. All children in this age group are being offered a vaccine but we particularly recommend that they get vaccinated if they:
Parents can read more about the benefits and risk of vaccination for their children here.
Please note that 12 to 15-year-olds are not eligible at present to attend walk-in vaccination clinics.
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/
Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on https://www.hpsc.ie/ where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
The HSE has set up a free test centre located at the WIT complex on College Street, Waterford. It has been operating since April 2021 from 11am to 7pm, Saturday to Wednesday, five days a week.
The walk-in test centre can be accessed by anyone resident within 15 kilometres of Waterford City. The HSE’s aim is to carry out 200-300 COVID-19 tests per day at the facility.
The public are reminded normal social distancing measures will apply, and people have the option to return at another day or time if the waiting times are too long. Do not to attend the walk-in clinic if you are showing any Covid symptoms; please self-isolate.
Criteria for the free walk-in COVID-19 testing service:
If you cannot register for a test online, you can call the COVID-19 helpline at Freephone: 1800 700 700 to register by phone.