School Programme 2021/2022

The Schools Immunisation Programme (SIP) is developed in accordance with the guidance issued by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and contained in the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland.

The Schools Immunisation Programme is part of a national strategy to protect children from infectious diseases through vaccination. Specifically the Schools Immunisation Programme protects against the following diseases with the named vaccines:

  • Measles, mumps, rubella with MMR vaccine
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, pertussis with DTaP/IPV vaccine
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis with Tdap vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) with HPV vaccine
  • Meningococcal A, C, W and Y infection with MenACWY vaccine

In Ireland, all the recommended childhood or adolescent vaccines when administered in the schools immunisation programme are free. 

Please note if parents or guardians request their GP give the school immunisation programme vaccines to their children, the vaccines are not free. 

In Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal GPs give the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines to children in Junior Infants or age equivalent. 

4 in 1 and MMR programme

The programme aims to vaccinate on an annual basis by targeting students in junior infants of primary schools and age equivalent in special schools and home schooled students with 4 in 1 and MMR.

These vaccines are given by a HSE doctor or nurse in primary school to Junior Infants. In Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim these vaccines are given by GPs.

Information materials for parents are available in the 4 in 1 and MMR school section

The following information materials are available for healthcare professionals carrying out this programme.

Post Vaccination Advice

The Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and Patient Information Leaflets (PIL) for the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines are available from the www.hpra.ie website. Search for Tetravac, Priorix and MMRVaxPro to read the SmPC or PIL.  

Please note you will be leaving www.immunisation.ie when you click the SmPC and PIL links

Tdap programme

The programme aims to vaccinate on an annual basis by targeting students in first year in second level schools and age equivalent in special schools and home schooled with Tdap.

Information materials for parents are available in the Tdap school section

The following information materials are available for healthcare professionals carrying out this programme.

Post Vaccination Advice

The Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and Patient Information Leaflets (PIL) for Tdap vaccine is available from the www.hpra.ie website. Search for Boostrix to read the SmPC or PIL. 

Please note you will be leaving www.immunisation.ie when you click the SPC and PIL links

MenACWY programme

The programme aims to vaccinate on an annual basis  by targeting students in first year in second level schools and age equivalent in special schools and home schooled with MenACWY.

Information materials for parents are available in the MenACWY school section

The following information materials are available for healthcare professionals carrying out this programme.

Click on the link you require to download the document.

Post Vaccination Advice

The Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for MenACWY vaccine is available from the www.hpra.ie website. Search for Nimenrix to read the SmPC or PIL. 

Please note you will be leaving www.immunisation.ie when you click the SPC and PIL links

HPV Programme

The programme aims to vaccinate on an annual basis by targeting first year in second level schools and age equivalent in special schools and home schooled students with HPV.

Information materials for parents are available in the HPV school section

To read more about HPV please visit the following pages

The following information materials are available for healthcare professionals carrying out this programme.

Post Vaccination Advice

The Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for HPV vaccine is available from the www.hpra.ie website. Search for Gardasil 9 to read the SmPC or PIL. 

Please note you will be leaving www.immunisation.ie when you click the SPC and PIL link

More Information about HPV can be found at the following websites:

Gardasil safety reports

This page was updated on 2 September 2021