Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines have been approved for use in the UK and are available in Northern Ireland.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent expert group, has recommended that the HSC offers vaccination first to those at highest risk of catching the infection and of suffering serious complications if they catch the infection.
The vaccines have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
While vaccination may help protect you from coronavirus, it’s still important to follow social distancing guidance and other restrictions to keep each other safe.
Information materials on the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme are available for download here.
If you live in Northern Ireland and are entitled to treatment by the health service you can book a COVID-19 vaccination online if you have been invited to do so.
Those eligible are:
- Those aged 65 and older at 31st March 2021
- Those aged 60 – 64 at 31st March 2021
- Those age 50 – 59 and older at 31st March 2021
- Those aged 45 – 49 at 31st March 2021
- Those aged 40 – 44 at 31st March 2021
- Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16 and over at 31st March 2021 and have a shielding letter
- Those who have an underlying condition aged 16 -17 at 31st March , who have a GP letter
- Those with a letter from your hospital specialist or your GP
- Those with an email or letter from your employer
If you have received a letter from your GP inviting you to book a vaccination with them, you should contact them directly and not use the online service to book your vaccination online.
Please note, you will be asked to show photo ID, proof of date of birth and your shielding letter (if this applies) when you arrive at the vaccination centre. If you are not in an eligible group, you will not be given your vaccination.
If you are in the underlying condition group you will need to bring your GP letter
If you’re the main carer (aged 18 or over on the 31 March 2021) of an elderly or disabled person and have been unable to book an appointment through the online booking platform or call centre, you should contact your local Trust care co-ordinator. Click here for details:
For more information on eligibility and priority groups, please visit
The vaccination programme will continue to be expanded, as vaccine supplies increase. From April, the SSE Arena will be opened as a mass vaccination centre for Northern Ireland’s adult population aged 60 and under who have not yet received a vaccine via a Trust or their GP. In the coming months every adult will be offered a vaccine.
Please remember to only book a vaccine slot if you are eligible, do not make multiple bookings, you will automatically be booked for your second dose when your first appointment is confirmed.
If you cannot book online, the telephone booking number is 0300 200 7813. Please be patient when phoning to book
The online booking is available at covid-19.hscni.net
The Department of Health this week announced a twin track approach to accelerating NI’s vaccination programme – ensuring more people can take up the offer of vaccination and help protect themselves against Covid-19.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme questions and answers
Click here to access the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme questions and answers.
COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for People with a Learning Disability
Click here to access the Public Health Agency’s COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for people living with a learning disability.
The Regional Vaccination Centre: The SSE Arena Belfast
The Covid-19 Vaccination Centre at SSE Arena Belfast is now open. Please arrive at the centre not more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time, to prevent excessive queues forming, so it is important to plan your journey.
As only a limited amount of car parking is available in the car park opposite the arena, Translink has worked with the Department of Infrastructure and the South Eastern Trust to provide a number of free and safe public transport options:
Europa Buscentre – free shuttle bus, every 15 minutes from 07.45 – 20.15
Northside Park&Ride to SSE Arena – free shuttle bus every 10 minutes from 07.40 – 20.20
G2 Glider services to operate every 15-minutes from the city centre.
Train to Titanic Quarter station, a short walk from the SSE Arena.
Car parks within the City Centre can be used for park and walk, or to link with the free shuttle service from Europa Buscentre.
Translink has procedures in place to ensure your journey is safe. Taking the bus may be quicker as parking is extremely limited and with thousands of people expected to travel to the centre over the coming weeks, rising to a potential eighty thousand people a week as the vaccine programme rolls out, it is important there is good traffic management to ensure everyone gets to their appointment on time.
Please remember to bring your photo ID and your Health & Care number to your appointment. When you enter the building, it is very important you wear a face mask (unless you are exempt), sanitise your hands and maintain social distancing as guided by the floor markings. Please do not attend if you have symptoms, instead arrange to get a Covid test.
Marshalls will be on duty to direct you to your vaccination station, and will be able to help you if you need assistance.
After your vaccination you will be directed to a waiting area and observed for 15 minutes. Then you can proceed to the check -out desk where you will be given your second appointment date, before exiting the building.
Please only attend the Covid-19 Vaccination Centre if you have an appointment. To book online, or for further information, please go to covid-19.hscni.net