Covid 19 Vaccinations
We are delighted to be planning for the Covid 19 Vaccine rollout. We are getting the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. We do not have a choice which one we can order for the practice.
Once we are informed of the delivery date, all vaccines will need to be administered within a specific number of days. The 2nd Dose we expect to be scheduled for 4 weeks later, and we will give you this appointment on the same day you get your 1st dose. The same vaccine type will be used for both doses.
After having both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, most people will be protected against the virus. There is a small chance you might still get COVID-19 after vaccination. Even if you do get COVID-19, being vaccinated can reduce how serious your symptoms will be.
Vaccinated persons should continue to follow all current public health guidance to protect themselves and others. This is particularly important with the new strains of Covid that have developed. If you are cocooning and get your COVID-19 vaccine, there is no change yet to current advice.
We do not know yet how long immunity will last.
We do not know yet if being vaccinated stops you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.
You will need to remain in our observation area for 15 minutes after your injection in case of an allergic response. Please advise us if you feel unwell after your vaccination.
We are developing a system to book your appointment for your first vaccination online. When this is up and running, the link will be posted on our website, and also texted to all eligible patients.
If you are under the age of 70, you will not be given an appointment for Covid vaccine at this point. Our online booking system will be set up to decline appointments for anyone who is not eligible. Please await further announcements from the HSE re the next stage of vaccine rollout. This, we are advised, will be according to the government priority list which you can access here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/39038-provisional-vaccine-allocation-groups/
If you are not a registered patient of this practice, please contact your own GP Practice where you are registered.
COVID 19 VACCINE INFORMATION
FEVER AFTER COVID-19 VACCINES
It is not unusual to develop a fever (temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above) after any vaccination. This usually happens within 2 days (48 hours) of getting the vaccine and usually goes away then within another 2 days. You are more likely to get a fever after the second dose of your vaccine.
If you feel uncomfortable, take paracetamol following the instructions on the box or leaflet.
If your fever starts more than 2 days after you are vaccinated, or lasts longer than 2 days, you should self-isolate (stay in your room). Phone your GP to arrange a COVID-19 test.
OTHER POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE COVID VACCINATION
Most of these are mild-moderate & short-term. Not everyone gets side effects. Full details here: https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/side-effects-covid-19-vaccine.html
The common side effects after all the COVID-19 vaccines happen less often in people aged 65 and older. The common side effects after the Pfizer vaccine are more likely after the 2nd vaccine dose.
In brief, after either the Pfizer Vaccine, more than 1 in 10 may experience:
Tenderness, swelling or redness where you had the injection
Fever (temp 38 degrees Celsius or above)
LESS COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
Pfizer Vaccine: more than 1 in 1,000 people may develop:
Itchiness where vaccine was given
Swollen lymph glands
More than 1 in 10,000 people may develop Bell’s palsy.
Serious side effects, like a severe allergic reaction, are extremely rare. These are seen in approximately 1 in 100,000 for the Pfizer vaccine. Your vaccinator is trained to treat any serious allergic reactions.