What can I do once I’m fully vaccinated?

It is important to wait until you are fully vaccinated before changing your behaviour.
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The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the serious symptoms of the virus. It is important to wait until you’re fully vaccinated before changing any behaviours.

When will I be fully vaccinated?

You must wait a certain period of time after receiving the final dose to receive full protection from the vaccine. It is important to continue following health advice while you wait.

I have received my first vaccination. Does this mean I am protected?

If you have only received the first dose of a two dose vaccine (such as Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca), you are not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and should continue to follow measures to protect yourself. If you have received the Janssen vaccine, you will not be considered fully vaccinated until the waiting period has passed. See below for a list of waiting periods. 

Read more about getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

I have received the final dose of my vaccine. Does this mean I am fully vaccinated?

It is important to remember that you are not fully vaccinated until you have received all doses of your vaccine and have waited the necessary waiting period. Once this waiting period has passed, you are considered fully vaccinated. This means that your vaccine is offering you the highest level of protection it can offer. The waiting period is:

  • 14 days after the Janssen vaccine
  • 15 days after the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine
  • 7 days after the second dose of the Pfizer Vaccine
  • 14 days after the second dose of the Moderna vaccine

What can I do when I’m fully vaccinated?

Getting fully vaccinated will also allow you to do things that you couldn’t do previously, such as travel to certain countries without quarantining and dine indoors. However, while you may be eager to start socialising right away, it is important to follow the necessary health advice after you receive the vaccine.

Can I travel once I am fully vaccinated?

You can travel from Ireland to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein without the need for quarantine if you have an EU Digital Travel Certificate (DCC). You can receive a DCC if at least one of the following applies to you:

  • You have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • You have received a negative test result no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • You have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months

It is important to remember that you will still need to follow the restrictions that are in place in the country you are travelling to and from. Before you go on your trip, you can get up to date information about the travel restrictions in place on the ReOpen EU website.

If you are travelling to a country that does not accept the Digital Covid Certificate, it is likely that you will face different restrictions. It is important that you inform yourself about any restrictions or requirements in the country you’re travelling to. 

Read more about the current COVID travel restrictions in Ireland.

Can I dine indoors?

Once you are fully vaccinated, you are able to dine indoors. To eat or drink indoors, you must show proof that you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Your EU COVID Digital Certificate (DCC) or a HSE vaccination record can be used as proof of vaccination or recovery. You also need to have photo identification (such as a passport or driver’s licence) to show that the proof of vaccination or recovery belongs to you.

Your proof of vaccination/ recovery and identification will be checked at the door of the restaurant, bar or cafe. If you do not have proof of vaccination or recovery, the bar, restaurant or cafe can refuse admission.

If you are under 18, you do not need proof of vaccination or recovery to dine indoors provided you are there with a fully vaccinated or recovered person. 

Can I invite friends over?

If you and everyone in your household are fully vaccinated, there is no limit to the number of people you can invite to your home if every visitor is fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19.

However, before deciding to have any social gathering, it is important to take precautions. It can still be possible to get COVID-19 after vaccination, and although your vaccine reduces the risk of serious illness to yourself, you could still infect other vulnerable people.

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