COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
If you’re 18 and over and still need to get your COVID-19 vaccine first dose, a local pharmacy is the place to go. Children aged 12 to 15 years will be offered the vaccine at school.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine
To be eligible to be vaccinated as part of the Northern Ireland vaccination programme you generally have to be registered with a GP in Northern Ireland and be in one of the following categories:
- aged 16 years and over as of the 31 August 2021 (you must have reached your 16th birthday on the date you go for vaccination)
- Clinically Extremely Vulnerable aged 12 to 15 with a letter from a paediatrician
- aged 12 and over and living with an immunosuppressed person with a letter from a GP or Health Trust confirming eligibility
- anyone aged 12 to 15 years of age will be offered the vaccine as part of a school-based programme
More information on what vaccine you can get, where to get it and how to book (where required) is available below.
If you’re not registered with a GP in NI but live here or are temporarily a resident in NI, you can probably still receive a vaccine but you should email the Department of Health at the email address below and they will advise you how you can be vaccinated.
Where to get a vaccination - first doses
Community pharmacies across NI are now taking the lead role in providing first doses – 130 of them are offering appointments for first dose jabs to everyone aged 18 and over.
To be vaccinated at a community pharmacy, you generally have to be registered with a GP in Northern Ireland.
However, if you are not registered with a GP in Northern Ireland, speak to the pharmacist for advice on accessing a vaccination.
Details of which pharmacies are offering the Moderna vaccine are available in the list below by Health and Social Care Trust area or on this interactive map.
12-15 years old
12 to 15 year olds will soon be offered the COVID-19 vaccination within their school setting. The Schools Vaccination Programme will start on the 1st November and is due to complete by 6th December.
We are offering some early vaccination opportunities for 12 to 15 year olds on Saturday 23 October and Saturday 6 November at the following venues.
- Old School Canteen, Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh
- Anderson House, Altnagelvin Hospital site
- Key Workers Accommodation, South West Acute Hospital
The number of vaccinations available at these early clinics are limited and are by appointment only. Appointments can be booked from Thursday 21 October. Further booking details will follow.
For further information on the 12 to 15 years old vaccine programme, please see:
16-17 having received a first dose at any centre
At present, the interval between 1st and 2nd dose for this age group has not been published. Once the guidance is issued those already vaccinated will be contacted.
16+ having missed a second dose vaccine at your original centre
Whilst we may have limited capacity at each of our mobile clinics to administer additional second dose vaccines, we will endeavour to vaccinate everyone who attends for a second dose. Pre-booked second dose appointments will take priority, but we will try to cover as many of those seeking a second dose as possible. However, you may need to wait. There should be a minimum of eight weeks between your first and second doses.
Evening Mobile Clinics | Second Dose Only
We recommend that you attend a mobile clinic in the same venue where you received your first dose.
DATE VENUE TIME Thurs 2nd Sept Milestone Centre Carrickmore 4.00pm-8.00pm Thurs 2nd Sept Limavady Leisure Centre 4.00pm-8.00pm Tues 7th Sept Derg Valley Healthy Living Centre 4.00pm-8.00pm Thurs 9th Sept Shantallow Community Centre 4.00pm-8.00pm Fri 10th Sept Sports Complex Dromore 4.00pm-8.00pm Thurs 30th Sept Alley Theatre Strabane 4.00pm-8.00pm Tues 12th Oct Derrylin 4.00pm-8.00pm Tues 19th Oct Diamond Centre Claudy 4.00pm-8.00pm Thurs 21st Oct Strathroy, Omagh 4.00pm-8.00pm Wed 27th Oct Longtower Youth Club TRIAX 4.00pm-8.00pm Fri 29th Oct Dromore Sports Complex 4.00pm-8.00pm
COVID-19 booster vaccination programme
Final advice on booster vaccines has been issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Booster vaccines will be offered to those considered most vulnerable:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The programme started at the end of September 2021 with residents in care homes.
Third dose for those severely immunosuppressed
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that a third primary dose should be offered to individuals aged 12 year and over with severe immunosuppression in proximity of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses in the primary schedule.
These individuals will be identified by their Trust clinician or GP and invited in to receive a third primary dose.
They will also be offered a booster dose in due course based on further advice from JCVI.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information Leaflets