Children who are incompletely vaccinated, should catch up to the Irish schedule as per the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland.
- For further information please refer to the RCPI National Immunisation Advisory Committee - Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland: Catch-up vaccinations
- A toolkit is available to support GP practices to maximise uptake of childhood immunisation.
Before 12 months of age
Before 12 months of age, children from Ukraine need MenB, MenC and rotavirus vaccines (rotavirus vaccine given until 8 months and 0 days only).
They should also receive any other vaccines that they require to catch-up to the Irish schedule.
Read more information in Chapter 2 and Chapter 13 of the NIAC Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland.
|Men B vaccine
Children who commence Men B vaccination before 10 months of age need 2 doses of Men B vaccine 2 months apart (the minimum interval of 4 weeks may be used). They need a 3rd dose at ≥ 12 months, at least 2 months after their second dose.
Children who commence MenB vaccination aged 10 months to < 2 years need 2 doses of Men B vaccine 2 months apart.
Once a child has reached the age of 2, MenB vaccine is no longer recommended unless the child is in an at-risk group
||One dose is needed under 12 months of age.
Rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix®)
If an infant is late presenting for rotavirus oral vaccine, they can receive their first dose anytime up to the age of 8 months and 0 days. The dose MUST be given before the child is aged 8 months and 0 days. In clinical trials the effectiveness after one dose of vaccine ranged from 51% to 60%.
If an infant is late presenting for a 1st dose of vaccine but is aged less than 7 months and 0 days, the first dose of rotavirus vaccine can be given. The minimum interval between two doses of rotavirus vaccine (4 weeks) may then be used so that the 2nd dose can be given before 8 months and 0 days.
Once an infant is 8 months and 0 days of age, then they should NOT receive any doses of rotavirus oral vaccine.
Visit our Rotavius vaccine page to read more
PCV13 vaccine is recommended at 2 and 6 months. However, some children have received PCV13 vaccine at 2 and 4 months in Ukraine and so do not require a PCV13 vaccine at 6 months visit.
From 12 months of age
From 12 months of age, children from Ukraine will not have received MenB, PCV13 and MenC vaccines as these vaccines are not part of the Ukrainian schedule.
If a child is 12-23 months of age, MenB vaccine is recommended (2 doses 8 weeks apart), PCV13 (one dose) and MenC (one dose) vaccines are recommended.
Once a child has reached the age of 2 years, MenB and PCV13 vaccines are no longer recommended or required (unless the child is in an at risk group for meningococcal B or pneumococcal disease).
One dose of MenC vaccine is recommended up until the MenACWY vaccine is offered in 1st year of 2nd level school.
The child should also receive other vaccines that they require to catch-up to the Irish schedule.
Ordering vaccines for catch-up
GP Practices can order catch-up vaccinations from the National Cold Chain Service (NCCS) using your practice account.