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Children who have come to Ireland from Ukraine

It is important that children coming to Ireland from Ukraine are age-appropriately vaccinated to protect them against vaccine preventable diseases.

Measles is circulating in Ukraine and recent outbreaks of polio and measles have been detected. Children may be living in congregate settings such as Hotels or Reception Centres where the spread of infectious diseases is a risk. As a priority every effort should be made to ensure that children are up to date with MMR and polio-containing vaccines.

Children from Ukraine should follow the Irish immunisation schedule. This is because they will be living in Ireland for some time and should be protected from diseases that are common and/or have serious consequences in Ireland.

 

Approach to immunisation for a child from Ukraine attending healthcare

Check Immunisation Status

Check immunisation status (pay particular attention to MMR and Polio containing vaccines):

  • Ask the parent or guardian if the child has been age-appropriately vaccinated according to the Ukrainian schedule (see Childhood Immunisation Schedule in Ukraine below) 
  • Are immunisation records available? 
  • Children and adults coming to Ireland who do not have a documented or reliable verbal history of immunisation, should be assumed to be unimmunised. This includes those coming from areas of conflict such as Ukraine. It may be assumed that undocumented doses have not been received, and the Irish catch-up recommendations for that age should be followed.

Administer catch-up vaccines for the child’s age if required. Children from Ukraine should follow the Irish immunisation schedule. This is because they will be living in Ireland for some time and so should be protected from diseases that are common and/or have serious consequences in Ireland.

Childhood Immunisation Schedule in Ukraine

In Ukraine children are offered vaccines to prevent Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae and Hepatitis B before 12 months of age. (Children may have received other vaccines through private clinics or arrangements)

From 12 months of age they are offered MMR and Haemophilus influenzae vaccines. 

Please note that vaccine uptake in Ukraine is below 90% for most vaccines.

Schedule Ukraine

This immunisation schedule is available from the Ministry of Health of Ukraine website. 

Catch-up with Irish schedule

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
  • 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, PCV13 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. 

 

Vaccine Details

Vaccine

Recommendations
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

MenC vaccine 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

PCV13 vaccine is recommended at 2 and 6 months of age. PCV 13 vaccine is not included in the immunisation schedule in Ukraine. Some children may have received the vaccine under a private arrangement. If they have not been vaccinated,  they will need catch-up vaccination for PCV 13.

 

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.

Information for Healthcare Professionals on Catch-Up Vaccination
FAQ HCP Download this information as a PDF - Information for Healthcare Professionals on Catch-Up Vaccination (Updated 23 September 2022)

 

For clinical questions about catch-up vaccination, please email  our immunisation mailbox

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

Aged 12 years and older

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all individuals aged 12 years and older. Vaccines are available through HSE vaccination clinics, participating pharmacies and GPs. Booster doses are also recommended for this age-group.

Individuals who are immunocompromised at the time of vaccination should receive an additional dose to complete their primary vaccination course. They should then receive a booster dose.

Aged 5 to 11 years

Children aged 5-11 years should be offered primary COVID-19 vaccination which is available through HSE vaccination clinics only. If they are immunocompromised at the time of vaccination, an additional dose is also recommended. Booster doses are NOT recommended for this age group.

Visit the HSE website for more information

Frequently Asked Questions 

COVID-19 vaccines available in Ukraine

  All COVID-19 vaccines used in Ukraine are vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), or by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Note that Comirnaty 10 micrograms/dose for children aged 5-11 years is not included in the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Ukraine.

The following vaccines are used in Ukraine:

The following vaccines are used in Ukraine:

Vaccine Approval

Comirnaty® 30 micrograms

EMA

Spikevax® (COVID‐19 Vaccine Moderna)

EMA

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen®

EMA

Vaxzevria® (Oxford/AstraZeneca)

EMA

Covidshield®

(Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation produced by the Serum Institute of India)

WHO

Coronavac® (Sinovac) 

WHO

 

What is the advice if someone has received a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Ukraine?

Individuals who have partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine course in Ukraine should be offered an EMA authorised COVID-19 vaccine, appropriate for their age group, to complete the series.

If a heterologous schedule is being used (i.e. the second dose is different from the 1st dose), the minimum interval between the last vaccine dose and the EMA authorised COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.

What is the advice about the booster dose if someone has received a primary course of COVID-19 vaccine in Ukraine?

If an individual has completed a primary vaccination course in Ukraine (with vaccines as detailed in the Table above), they are considered fully vaccinated. They should be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine appropriate for their age group, in accordance with the recommended intervals for booster doses for their age-group.

What is the advice about the additional dose if someone who is immunocompromised has received a primary course of COVID-19 vaccine in Ukraine?

If an individual has had a primary vaccination course in Ukraine (with vaccines as detailed in Table above) should be offered an additional dose appropriate for their age-group, in accordance with the recommended intervals for the additional dose for their age group.

Refer to the Reference Guide for COVID-19 vaccination given outside Ireland for more information

Download Питання + Відповіді щодо Ковід-19COVID-19 Vaccine Questions + Answers

 

 

Health Professional Materials

Information Materials 

Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme

  • Poster in English, IrishUkrainian and Russian 
  • Information for parents in English PDF or web friendly 
    • VAICSAÍNÍ DO DO PHÁISTE Eolas agus faisnéis do thuismitheoirí agus caomhnóirí a tháinig go Éireann ón Úcráin Irish PDF
    • ВАКЦИНИ ДЛЯ ВАШОЇ ДИТИНИ Інформація для батьків та опікунів, які приїхали до Ірландії з України Ukrainian PDF or web friendly 
    • ВАКЦИНЫ ДЛЯ ВАШЕГО РЕБЕНКА Информация для родителей и опекунов, приехавших в Ирландию из Украины Russian PDF or web friendly
  • Post vaccination advice in English
    • Чого слід очікувати після вакцинації Ukrainian PDF
    • Чего следует ожидать после вакцинации Russian PDF
  • Frequently Asked Questions in English, Ukrainian and Russian

School Programme

  • Poster in English, IrishUkrainian and Russian
  • 4 in 1 and MMR vaccine leaflet in English
    • An vacsaín ceithre ghalar agus an vacsaín MMR Eolas do thuismitheoirí páistí i Rang na Naíonán Sóisearach Irish
    • Вакцина «4 в 1» та вакцина MMR Інформація для батьків дітей дошкільного віку Ukrainian 
    • Вакцина «4 в 1» и вакцина MMR Информация для родителей детей дошкольного возраста Russian 
  • 4 in 1 and MMR Consent Form in English
    • Foirm Toilithe Vacsaínithe do pháistí atá ag tosú sa Naíonán Sóisearach Bruitíneach, Leicneach, Bruitíneach Dhearg (MMR) agus Diftéire, Póilió, Teiteanas, Triuch (Pertussis) (4 in 1) Irish
    • Форма інформованої згоди на вакцинацію у 2022/2023 рр. проти кору, паротиту (свинки) та краснухи (MMR) і проти дифтерії, поліомієліту, правця та коклюшу (4 в 1) для дітей, які починають відвідувати підготовчі класи Ukrainian
  • 4 in 1 and MMR post vaccination advice in English, IrishUkrainian and Russian
  • HPV, Tdap and MenACWY leaflet in English
    • Vacsaíní chun cosaint ar HPV, MenACWY agus Tdap Eolas do thuismitheoirí agus do dhaltaí atá ag tosú ar an meánscoil Irish
    • Вакцини: MenACWY, Tdap та вакцина проти ВПЛ Інформація для батьків та їхніх дітей, які підуть до першого класу середньої школи Ukrainian 
    • Вакцины: MenACWY, Tdap и вакцина против ВПЧ Информация для родителей и их детей, которые пойдут в первый класс средней школы Russian
  • HPV, Tdap and MenACWY post vaccination advice in English, IrishUkrainian and Russian
  • HPV, Tdap and MenACWY Consent Form in English
    • Foirm Toilithe Vacsaínithe do pháistí atá ag tosú sa chéad bhliain ar an meánscoil Vacsaínithe do HPV, Tdap agus MenACWY Irish
    • Форма інформованої згоди на вакцинацію у 2022/2023 рр. та прийом вакцин Tdap, MenACWY і вакцини проти ВПЛ для дітей, які йдуть до першого класу середньої школи Ukrainian

 

Pertussis vaccine

  • Poster in English, IrishUkrainian and Russian
  • Leaflet in English
    • An vacsaín treacha do mhná torracha Irish
    • Вакцина від коклюшу для вагітних жінок Ukrainian  
    • Вакцина от коклюша для беременных женщин Russian

Information to support Departments of Public Health

Immunisation Materials to support the management of outbreaks of measles

Consent Form 

Information Sheet

  • MMR Vaccine - Information for parents of children aged 6 months and older and adults - English
  • Vacsaín MMR - Eolas do thuismitheoirí páistí atá 6 mhí d’aois agus níos sine agus do dhaoine fásta - Irish
  • Вакцина MMR - Інформація для батьків дітей віком від 6 місяців і старше, а також для дорослих- Ukrainian
  • Вакцина MMR - Информация для родителей детей в возрасте 6 месяцев и старше, а также для взрослых- Russian

 

Vaccine Abbreviations / Скорочені позначення вакцин / Сокращенные обозначения вакцин

Visit the HSE Webpage Healthcare services for Ukrainian nationals in Ireland

Visit the HPSC website for guidance and to download the "Think Measles", "Think Polio", "Think Diphtheria" and "Think Hepatitis A" posters

 

This page was updated on 5 October 2022