Covid NI: How to book a Covid vaccine, how to book booster jab, who is eligible and where to get one

There are lots of options for anyone in Northern Ireland who wants to get a Covid vaccine, we explore where to get one and who is eligible for the booster jab.

Monday, 22nd November 2021, 12:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 9:28 am

With cases of coronavirus once again on the rise, there are still options available for anyone who has not yet received a Covid vaccination.

So far there have been over 2.9 million vaccinations carried out across the province, with GPs and community pharmacies playing a key role in its delivery.

Here's everything you need to know about accessing a vaccine or booster jab in Northern Ireland.

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First and second dose vaccinations

If you have not yet had the vaccine you can still access it, with community pharmacies now taking the lead in providing a first or second dose to anyone aged over 18.

Pharmacies are offering both the Moderna and Astra Zeneca, the pharmacist will be able to let you know what vaccine is best for you.

There are lots of options available for anyone in Northern Ireland still wanting to get the Covid vaccine.

You will need to wait eight weeks in between your first and second dose.

You can find out what pharmacies are offering vaccinations here or alternatively book in a vaccine at one of the NHS vaccination clinics here.

Second vaccine dose only

If you need your second dose of the Covid vaccine, this is available at a community pharmacy or at one of the vaccination clinics outlined below.

Belfast Trust

Royal Victoria Hospital vaccination centre: Daily, 8.30 am to 7.00 pm (eight weeks after your first dose)

Western Trust

An Creagan Centre, Creggan, Omagh: Thursday, November 25, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Farm Families, Community Hub, Beragh: Monday, December 6, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Farm Families, Ecclesville Centre, Fintona: Tuesday, December 7, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Farm Families, St Ninnidh’s Parish Hall, Derrylin (covering both Lisnaskea and Derrylin first dose): Monday, December 13, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Walk-in Vaccination clinics, November 27, 28

There are walk-in clinics operating across Northern Ireland this weekend.

However, you will need to book an appointment for Altnagelvin Hospital, South West Acute Hospital and Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Ballymena - Seven Towers Leisure Centre: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (closed 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm)

Belfast - Ulster Rugby Kingspan Stadium: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Belfast - Ulster Hospital, acute services block: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Craigavon - Rushmere Centre: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Downpatrick - Downshire Hospital, Great Hall: 9.00 am to 4.00pm

Enniskillen - South West Acute Hospital, key workers' accommodation: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (appointment only)

Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Londonderry - Altnagelvin Hospital, Level 5, tower block: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (appointment only)

Omagh - Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, old school canteen: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (appointment only)

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Ballymena - Seven Towers Leisure Centre: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (closed 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm)

Belfast - Ulster Rugby Kingspan Stadium: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Belfast - Ulster Hospital, acute services block: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Downpatrick - Downshire Hospital, Great Hall: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Dungannon - the Junction: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Enniskillen - South West Acute Hospital, key workers' accommodation: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (appointment only)

Kilkeel Leisure Centre: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre: 9.00 am –to 6.00 pm

Londonderry - Altnagelvin Hospital Site, level 5, tower block: 9.00 am to 5.00pm (appointment only)

Omagh - Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, old school canteen:

9.00 am to 5.00pm (appointment only)

Vaccinations for those aged 12-17

Anyone aged 12-17 is now eligible to access a Covid vaccination.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have recommended that 16-17 year olds can receive two doses, with12 to 15 year olds being eligible for one, however, this is subject to change.

Vaccinations are being offered at school for those aged 12 to 15 years old, however they are also walk-in clinics.

Accessing a vaccine whilst pregnant or breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you can still access a Covid vaccination, if you have any concerns you can speak with your obstetric provider or midwife.

Health and Social Care Trusts are operating antenatal vaccination clinics, double check with your health provider to find out where your nearest one is.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have put together information on Covid vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding here.

Who is eligible for the booster?

On Monday, November 30, 2021 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended booster jabs be offered to everyone aged over-18.

Booster vaccination hubs have been established in Northern Ireland at the Royal Victoria and Ulster Hospital, but you will only be eligible for the booster six months after you have received your second vaccination.

The health minister Robin Swann said they were planning to, "bring booster doses to all eligible age groups as quickly as possible".

Due to the six month wait needed in between shots, currently in Northern Ireland those who are able to access a booster are over the age of 50, carers, healthcare workers, immunocompromised or lives with someone who is.

Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, Patricia Donnelly, head of Northern Ireland's vaccination programme explained. '"The roll-out of boosters to the entire adult population will be on a staged basis, given the JCVI recommendation and the required gap between second dose and booster,"

The booster rollout will soon be extended to those aged 40-49.

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