Children’s vaccination experience explained in new video

7th February 2022

HSE Media Release

Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo)

Children’s vaccination experience explained in new video

The process of getting your vaccination has been explained in a video for children in CHO1.  This video shows a walk-through of the vaccination process that is easy to follow.

Filmed at Cavan Vaccination Centre and narrated by Operational Site Manager at Cavan CVC, Eddie Ward, the video offers a step by step guide for children and parents as to what to expect throughout their vaccination journey.

Mr Ward said “We wanted to explain to children and their parents what the process involves when they make their decision to get their child vaccinated. The video is filmed from the child’s perspective and aims to allay any fears they may have before they come to the centre.”

The video also features some superheroes, as staff are wearing various superhero costumes in Cavan for all the children’s clinics.

CHO 1 Lead for COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and CHO 1 Head of Service for Health and Wellbeing Cara O’Neill said “We would like to support parents/guardians to get all the information they need to make an informed decision about getting their child’s vaccinated. There is a wealth of factual evidence based information on We really look forward to welcoming you and your children to Cavan and Monaghan Vaccination Centres.”

The video can be seen by clicking this link:

Clinical trials show this vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19 in children. Though serious illness from COVID-19 is rare in this age group, they are even less likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19 if they are vaccinated. It is also especially important for children and young people who are living with someone who is at risk of the effects of COVID-19.

For the 5-11 year old category over 124,000 have registered, Over 104,000 Dose 1 vaccines and over 41,000 Dose 2 vaccines have been administered .

The quickest and easiest way to register is online. You (parents/guardians) will need a Personal Public Service (PPS) number, Eircode, a mobile phone number and an email address. Alternatively, parents can call HSELive on 1800 700 700 to register their child over the phone.

In line with NIAC guidance and approved by the EMA, children aged 5 to 11 years old will be offered a Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) vaccine. The vaccine for children is a smaller dose than the vaccine for adults. They will need two doses approximately 3 weeks apart. The protection they get has been shown to be similar to the protection the Pfizer vaccine provides for adults. 

If a child had COVID-19, they need to wait 4 weeks if they are due to get their first round of COVID-19 vaccination. That is, after they first developed symptoms or from their positive COVID-19 test.

For more information on children’s vaccinations see