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Important COVID 19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Type

The vaccine provided by the HSE is the Pfizer Vaccine.


It requires 2 vaccines given 4 weeks apart


In studies it has shown efficacy of up to 95%


Common side effects include sore arm/ fatigue/ fever.

These are more common after the 2nd vaccine and would be expected to fade after 48 hours. For a full list of potential side effects click here.

Who Can Take It?

It is licensed for all adults over 16 years of age unless they have one of the following-

  • History of life threatening allergy (anaphylaxis) to the Pfizer Vaccine or one of its components 

People who will need to discuss the vaccine with a doctor first include-

  • Bed-bound patients (the vaccine cannot be transported from the surgery and the HSE will be making separate arrangements for such patients)

  • Pregnant women

  • People with a history of COVID 19 infection in the last 4 weeks

  • ​People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any injection

COVID 19 Clinic Information

The COVID 19 vaccine is very different to any of the other vaccines (such as the flu vaccine) given before. As such the vaccine clinics will require very careful structure and layout. We greatly appreciate your help and co-operation in keeping everyone safe while we work.


Vaccination will take place at Griffith Avenue Practice (411 Griffith Avenue)


You will be contacted the week before with an appointment date and time. Vaccines can only be given at these times.


The HSE has decided that vaccines will be given by age in the order listed above. The vaccine will only be given to the person with the appointment. 

How to Prepare:

  • Please arrive at your scheduled time.  

  • Please wear a short sleeve top (you can wear a coat over this to stay warm of course)

  • Please wear a face-mask

What to Expect:

  • When you arrive you will be checked in by a member of staff outside.

  • You will be brought inside and a doctor will run through some questions with you before giving the injection

  • You will then need to be observed for 15 minutes in the surgery

  • You will then be given an information leaflet and an appointment for your 2nd shot as you leave the building.

Things to Know/Avoid:

  • Please do not bring anyone else along to get vaccinated too, as only eligible patients with an appointment will be booked at this time and refusal may cause offence.

  • To control numbers safely, family members who attend with you will not be allowed enter the building and will be asked to wait outside

  • Please do not look to discuss other clinical issues at the clinic as the doctors will not be able to carry out a consultation during the vaccine clinic.

  • Please do not arrive late or particularly early as the clinic will be fully booked and working to a very tight schedule so we will not be able to accommodate you

  • If you will not be able to attend the appointment please notify the surgery ASAP to cancel/ reschedule

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