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At McCauley Pharmacy, our unwavering commitment is to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones by providing a comprehensive Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Service. This vital service is administered by our team of highly skilled Pharmacists, who are experts in their field.

As part of our Booster Vaccination Service, we are now using the latest Bivalent Covid-19 Vaccines. These specially adapted vaccines are designed to offer enhanced protection against Covid-19, including the Omicron variant, ensuring you receive the best possible available protection against the virus.


Spring 2024 Covid-19 Booster Dose

The following customers are eligible for a Spring Booster dose

  • Aged 70 years or older
  • Aged 12 years or older with a weak immune system (See here for list of eligible conditions)
  • Anyone who is pregnant (see here for more information)

Additionally, to be eligible to receive a Spring Covid-19 Booster Dose, it should ideally be 6 months since your last Covid-19 Vaccination Dose or diagnosis of Covid-19, but it can be given as long as the interval is greater than 3 months.

More information on the Covid-19 Vaccines and eligibility can be found at COVID-19 vaccines -

Which Vaccine will be offered?

You will be offered a bivalent Pfizer vaccine as a booster dose.

This adapted vaccine work in the same way as the original Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. But are expected to give even more protection against COVID-19 variants.

How Do I book an appointment?

Booking an appointment for your Booster Vaccine at McCauley couldn’t be easier. Click on the link below and then select your local McCauley Pharmacy to find an appointment time and date that suits you best.

Unfortunately, our pharmacists are currently not approved to administer 'Additional' doses to customers with certain underlying conditions. If you have been informed by your consultant or another healthcare professional that you are eligible for an 'Additional' dose in addition to a 'Booster' dose then please discuss this with your GP

You will then need to get an 'Additional' dose via a Mass Vaccination Centre or GP prior to receiving a 'Booster' dose.

Three Easy Options to Book Your Vaccine:


Three easy ways to book your flu vaccine

  • Book online in your chosen McCauley Pharmacy at a time that suits you
  • Book  an appointment via our McCauley Pharmacy App for a time that suits you
  • Or go in-store to speak to our Pharmacy Colleagues about flu vaccinations where they will be delighted to answer any questions and book your appointment for you

Click Below To Make Your Online Flu Vaccine Booking

Appointment Notice

Due to an unprecedented demand for the Flu Vaccine our appointments are now fully booked - We are working hard to take care of all our customers by adding more vaccine appointments in the coming days.

Please join our Flu Vaccine priority list below to be the first to receive notifications on appointment availability.



What is the Flu?

Influenza or Flu is a highly infectious and very common infection. Most flu outbreaks happen in late autumn or winter. There are many different strains of the flu virus. Symptoms of flu include fever (high temperature), headaches, sore throat, weakness and exhaustion, all over aches and pains. Symptoms can last for up to 7 days and affect people of all ages. The advised treatment for the Flu is rest and staying hydrated - You may need to stay in bed until your symptoms improve.

In some rare cases, the winter flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia

Who Should Get the Winter Flu Vaccine?

There are certain groups of people recommended to get the winter flu vaccination every year, including anyone who:

  • Is aged 65 and over
  • Is pregnant
  • Has a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart, kidney, liver, lung or a neurological disease
  • Has cancer
  • Has a weakened immune system (due to disease or treatment)
  • Has a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
  • Has haemoglobinopathy
  • Has Down's syndrome
  • Lives in a nursing home or other long-stay residence
  • Is a healthcare worker with direct patient contact
  • Cares for someone who's at risk of flu due to a long-term health condition
  • Lives in the same house as someone who's at risk of flu due to a long-term health condition
  • Has regular close contact with poultry, waterfowl or pigs



Am I eligible to get a free Flu Vaccination?

If you are in one of the at risk categories, aged between 2-17 years of age or in one of the recommended groups, you may be eligible to receive a free winter flu vaccination. For all other customers a charge may apply.


For more information on risk categories and recommended groups please visit Getting the flu vaccine -


How much is a Private Flu Vaccine?

For customers that are not in one of the risk categories a charge of €37 would apply

Is there anyone who should not get a Flu Vaccine?

There is a very small proportion of people who should not get the flu vaccine:

  • Customers with a history of serious allergic reactions to a flu vaccination or any of its ingredients
  • Customers who are taking medications known as checkpoints inhibitors
  • Customers who have very low counts of a white blood cell type called neutrophils

If you are feeling unwell in the run up to your flu vaccination, you should reschedule your appointment until you begin to feel better.

Can my Child get their flu vaccination at McCauley?

McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy are committed to protecting your whole family this winter. All participating stores will be offering Free Child Flu Vaccinations in the form of a Nasal Spray for Children aged 2-12 years.

The nasal vaccine is recommended for all children aged 2 to 12 years of age, except those who fall into the following categories:

  • They have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or any of its ingredients
  • They have severe asthma (or have been wheezy or needed their inhaler more than usual in the three days before the vaccination)
  • They are taking medicines called salicylates, which include aspirin
  • They have a severely weakened immune system because of certain medical conditions or treatments
  • They are living with someone who has a severely weakened immune system, for example, a person who recently had a bone marrow transplant


For more information on the Child Flu Vaccination Service, please speak with one of our McCauley Pharmacists.


Will I get side effects from the Flu Vaccine?


A small amount of people develops side effects after vaccination. These are generally mild and will disappear after 24-48 hours. The most common side effects include the following:

  • soreness, redness or swelling at the site of injection
  • headache
  • fever aches
  • Fatigue

Rare reactions include severe allergic reactions, nerve pain and inflammation, tingling, fits, thrombocytopenia (a blood disorder), rare nerve disorders and possible inflammation of the blood vessels. Seek medical advice if you experience any of these symptoms


Do I need to get the flu vaccine every year?

The current vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses responsible for causing most cases of Flu this year. Flu strains can change from year to year, which means last year’s vaccination may not protect you from this season’s flu strains.


How long after getting my vaccine before I’m protected against Flu?

The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies to the influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated and you come into contact with the virus, these antibodies will attack it and stop you from getting sick. The flu vaccine starts to work within two weeks.