My child is due their school vaccinations, how can they get vaccinated?
School closures and the redeployment of school vaccination teams to COVID-19 vaccine roll-out have interrupted school vaccination programmes. In September 2020, many schools were unable to facilitate our teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School teams facilitated as many students as possible, both in schools where vaccinations were permitted, and in clinics outside of schools where possible.
School teams are restating clinics for school vaccinations. The school teams know what students need to get their vaccines and will contact parents and guardians to offer vaccines to students.
The HSE school vaccination programme may need to be done in a different venue or may be delayed because of COVID-19. The HSE will try to keep these changes to a minimum.
Will my child need to restart their HPV vaccination schedule?
No. There is no requirement to restart the HPV vaccine schedule if the schedule is interrupted because of COVID-19. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) advice from the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland says:
If an immunisation course is interrupted, it should be resumed as soon as possible. It is not necessary to repeat the course, regardless of the time interval from the previous incomplete course*. The course should be completed with the same brand of vaccine if possible.
* except cholera vaccine
Can I go to my GP now for school vaccinations?
No. The HSE School Immunisation Programme is not provided by GP practices.
In Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccine continues to be available through your GP for children in Junior Infants or of the same age.