Anyone over 16 can now receive a Covid booster vaccine
You can receive your booster 90 days following your first round.
As of today (2 January), anyone over the age of 16 can receive a booster dose of a Covid vaccine.
People who book an appointment for a booster vaccine will receive a single dose of Pfizer / BioNTech.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the acceleration of the programme was to "maintain momentum and build on the additional capacity put in place by the HSE over the last month within our vaccination centres and in primary care".
"This acceleration of the programmes means that many of our vaccination centres will now be administering primary, booster and paediatric doses of COVID-19 vaccine," he added.
"The logistics of this undertaking are not to be underestimated and I would like to thank all those in the Department of Health, the HSE, the vaccination centres, our GPs and pharmacies as well as everyone involved in the logistics for their continued efforts.
"Further clinics will be scheduled over the coming days. Appointments will be booked through the HSEs online system."
Taoiseach Micheál Martin encouraged the public to take the booster via a tweet earlier in the week.
Our booster vaccine rollout will be open to all groups aged 16 and above from this Sunday.
You can book a Vaccine Centre appointment from tonight, or contact your GP or pharmacist.
Boosters are our best protection against Omicron, so please get one when you can.
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) December 31, 2021
"Our booster vaccine rollout will be open to all groups aged 16 and above from this Sunday," he said.
"You can book a Vaccine Centre appointment from tonight, or contact your GP or pharmacist.
"Boosters are our best protection against Omicron, so please get one when you can," he concluded.
Ireland saw a record-breaking 23,281 new cases of Covid-19 reported on New Year's Day.
As of 8am on Saturday, 656 patients with the virus are hospitalised, of which 85 are in intensive care.
The Mater Hospital in Dublin is asking the public to avoid its emergency department where possible, due to "extreme pressure" on account of large numbers of people contracting Covid-19, high levels of staff unavailable due to being close contacts or infected with the virus, as well as high numbers of presentations at the emergency department.