HSE COVID19 Vaccination Programme for Pregnant Women
The NMH is currently assisting The HSE with identifying pregnant women who are eligible for the COVID19 vaccine. The hospital is a referral centre only for the first dose of the Covid19 vaccine for our patients and has no input or management of appointments for 2nd doses.
1st COVID19 vaccine
All patients between 14 weeks – 36 weeks & 6 days gestation are eligible for a COVID19 vaccine. The 1st dose should be received at or after 14 weeks of pregnancy.
If would like to receive the vaccine, please inform your clinician at your next antenatal appointment at The NMH or with The NMH Community Midwives.
- Your clinician will fill in the vaccine consent form with you and the form will then be processed.
- The NMH will contact you by text acknowledging receipt of your consent.
- The NMH will then send a second text with the date of your scheduled vaccine appointment. Please note, this may take longer if you are in the earlier stages of pregnancy.
- Within approximately 48 hours of your scheduled date, The HSE will text or call you with your allocated time. It is important to keep your phone on to ensure you receive this communication.
- Please use the reschedule facility in the text if you need to amend your appointment.
- If you have any queries, please contact The HSE on 01 240 8787 and make sure to mention that you are pregnant at the outset of the call, as they are mostly dealing with queries by age category and you must receive an mRNA vaccine.
- Vaccinations for patients of The NMH are currently being administered at The O’Reilly Hall, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.
The vaccine used will be an mRNA vaccine - either Pfizer or Moderna. Clinics are held on specific days depending on vaccine availability.
Please read the COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid below, which has been specifically designed for pregnant women.
2nd COVID19 vaccine
The 2nd dose of the vaccine should be received before 36 + 6 days weeks of pregnancy.
- When you are due your 2nd dose, which is normally after 4 weeks of receiving your 1st dose, the HSE will contact you with your appointment time and location via text or phonecall.
- Please note, this may be within 48 hours of your allocated vaccination time. If you are unable to make this time, please use the reschedule facility in the HSE text.
- If you have any queries, please contact The HSE on 01 240 8787 and make sure to mention that you are pregnant at the outset of the call, as they are mostly dealing with queries by age category.
- If the 2nd dose is not given by the end of 36 + 6 weeks, it should be rescheduled until after you have had your baby.
Once you have received your first dose, you are registered on the HSE vaccine system, who will contact you directly with your second vaccination date. The NMH has no input or management of appointments and we are no longer taking registration for the vaccine through email.
If you have received a vaccine elsewhere and are not attending your appointment, please email email@example.com to let us know, so that the appointment can be given to someone else who is waiting for it. Please note, bookings for a vaccine cannot be processed through this email address.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women
The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service (IMPS) at the Rotunda Hospital have produced a COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women.
The decision aid, endorsed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP), is for women who are pregnant and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The decision aid is intended to help you to make an informed decision about whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine before, during or after pregnancy. To view the aid, please click on the image below.