School Programme

In September the HSE school immunisation teams deliver consent packs to Primary and Secondary schools across the country for children in Junior Infants and students in First Year.

Vaccines being offered 

During the school year 

  • Children in Junior Infants will be offered 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines
  • Students in first year of secondary school will be offered HPV, Tdap and MenACWY

These vaccines are also available to students who are in special schools or are home schooled in the same age group.

Learn more about the

You can also speak to your local school immunisation team if you have any questions.

Getting your child vaccinated 

You should check your child’s school bag for the HSE consent pack.

Each pack contains 

  • A letter from your local immunisation team
  • Information about the vaccines your child will be offered
  • A consent form and
  • An envelope

When you have read the information, you should complete the consent form and put it in the envelope provided and send it back to your child’s school. The school team will check the consent forms and contact you if they have any questions.

You can also speak to your local school immunisation team if you have any questions.

If you need some help completing the consent form for your child, we have put together some questions and answers parents have asked us. 

The information you add to your child’s consent form will be added to the HSE School Immunisation System. You can read about this in the Statement of Information Practice

Vaccination Clinics

School vaccines are normally given in your child’s school by HSE school vaccination teams. The school vaccination programme may need to be done in a HSE clinic. The school team will let parents and guardians know if they need to bring children to a HSE clinic for vaccination.

In Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines are given by your GP. You need to make an appointment with your GP to get your child vaccinated.

In Ireland, the vaccines given in the school's immunisation programme are free.

Missed vaccinations 

Students who were in Junior Infants or First Year during the 2020/2021 school year can get vaccinated if their parents or guardians gave consent for the school vaccines.

Parents or Guardians need to phone the local school immunisation team to ask for a vaccine appointment.

Students may need to go to a HSE clinic to get the school vaccine they missed. The school team will give you information about this.

Getting school vaccines with other vaccines

For children aged 12 years and older

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee says that other vaccines can be given with COVID-19 vaccines.

A gap is not needed between COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccines offered as part of the school vaccination programme.

For children aged 5 to 11 years

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee says that a gap is needed between getting COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines. They recommend a 14 day gap. This recommendation is in place until there is more evidence about co-administration. 

Information for HSE School Immunisation Teams

Download information to support your work on the 2021/2022 school immunisation programmes

This page was updated on 25 April 2022