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Children's health

16th Sep 2021

HSE announce 4 in 1, MMR, HPV, Tdap or MenACWY vaccines will be made available again

Melissa Carton

quarter of a million children could be vaccinated by the time school is back

Did your child miss any of these vaccinations?

If you consented for your child to receive 4 in 1, MMR, HPV, Tdap or MenACWY vaccines since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic but your child wasn’t able to receive their vaccination they can still be vaccinated.

The HSE announced yesterday that they will be starting a roll out of traditional childhood vaccinations once more and that parents should contact their child’s school team to arrange an appointment.

This September the HSE school immunisation teams are delivering 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 will include the 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines for children in Junior Infants and HPV, Tdap and MenACWY for students in First Year of secondary school.

Your child should receive a HSE consent pack from their school, which should be filled in and returned back to their school.

School vaccines are normally given in your child’s school by HSE school vaccination teams but the 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.

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.

You can find out more information on the School Vaccination Programme on the HSE website.