Healthy Ireland at your Library is a national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland.
The Healthy Ireland at Your Library service programme will enhance and support current health information in public libraries by providing new book stock, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme.
The Healthy Ireland book list can be found HERE
Check out our Healthy Ireland events on our Events page HERE
Public Health Measures
You can find the public health measures here.
COVID-19 Testing Online Booking System
Full details of how to get tested are available here.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing - Online System
If you test positive for COVID-19 you will get a text message. This will include a link to a website where you can upload contact details for your close contacts. If you do not use the website, a contact tracer will phone you to collect the details. You can can find out more about close contacts here.
Mixed Vaccine Doses
People who received a first dose of AstraZeneca can now receive an mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccine as their second dose. NIAC recommends that receiving two doses of the same vaccine are preferred for all age groups, where possible. You can read more about this here. Dose 2 walk-in vaccination clinics for people who wish to get an mRNA vaccine after their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are listed here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
You can find the latest information on vaccines administered here.
You can find more information on the booster dose here.
Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
You can also get your vaccine without an appointment at a walk-in clinic. The walk-in clinics open the week are listed here.
Walk-in clinics are open for people aged 12 and older. Children aged 12-15 must attend with their parent or guardian.
Most walk-in clinics are for the first or second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The type of vaccine being offered is listed next to the clinic's details.
You can read about going to a walk-in vaccination clinic here.
Find a pharmacy giving COVID-19 vaccines
Many pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 12 and over. Find a pharmacy to book your vaccine appointment. You can find more information here.
Where to find COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We encourage everyone to read about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get their information from a factual, trusted source - here are the links to the pages with information on the vaccine:
Free nasal spray flu vaccine for children
From 18th October, the HSE began its annual information campaign for parents and guardians about the children's flu vaccine. Children are twice as likely as adults to catch the flu, which can sometimes cause serious illness. That's why all children aged 2-17 can now get their free, nasal spray flu vaccine. It's a safe and effective way to protect them, and the rest of the family too. Visit https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/flu-vaccine/ for more information.
Flu vaccine for people aged 65 and over
It's time for people aged 65 and over to get their free, annual flu vaccine. While anyone can catch the flu, they're more at risk of getting seriously ill or needing hospital treatment. The new flu vaccine is the best way to be protected from the flu, and it's free from their GP or pharmacist. Flu vaccines will also be available this autumn for healthcare workers, pregnant women and those with health conditions that put them at risk of becoming seriously ill if they get the flu. Visit http://www.hse.ie/flu
Flu Vaccine is available for healthcare workers in Section 39 organisations
Flu vaccine and its administration are available free of charge to healthcare workers working in Section 39 organisations. Flu vaccine is available from a local GP or pharmacy or some workplaces provide flu vaccine through an occupational health clinic. Visit http://www.hse.ie/flu for information about why it's important for healthcare workers to get their flu vaccine.
Let's go easy on the treats - try to give them to children less often and in small amounts
Latest research on treats for the START campaign finds that parents and guardians believe that talking to their children and encouraging moderation will help families reduce treats and replace them with healthier snacks. There are expert videos, recipe ideas, healthy snack options, print resources and a suite of social media assets to help you on the dedicated START partner page. The START campaign is brought to you by the HSE, safefood and Healthy Ireland, DoH.
Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme
Sláintecare Healthy Communities is a new cross-Government initiative to deliver increased health and wellbeing services to 19 community areas across Ireland. The programme will be delivered in partnership with the HSE, local authorities, local communities, statutory, voluntary and community groups. A new €13m Sláintecare initiative has been launched to support increased health and wellbeing services to 19 communities in Ireland. The investment will fund new posts including staff working at community level to engage, support and coordinate these activities in an effective manner.
You can find more information here
HSE Health and Wellbeing as a key partner, at local and national level in this initiative, is providing health and wellbeing programmes to help build the overall wellbeing within the communities through the increased delivery of supports to quit smoking, improve healthy eating and improve mental wellbeing and reduce isolation. This includes the increased rollout of parenting programmes with Tusla under Sláintecare Healthy Communities. Sláintecare Healthy Communities will support the physical and mental health of the communities as well as support improvement in the wider determinants of health in those communities, such as education, housing, social support and the built environment.
Health Literacy Awareness
NALA and the Irish Cancer Society have launched three health literacy awareness videos to support cancer patients and their families. MSD Ireland funded the videos. The videos contain information on:
- Getting the most from your health appointments
- Getting test results
- Getting health information and support between appointments
You can watch these videos here