Prof Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), will explain NIAC's work in providing evidence-based advice to the Chief Medical Officer on immunisation at the Joint Committee on Health which meets at 3:30pm today.
NIAC’s opening statement and briefing document for Oireachtas Members can be found below.
NIAC includes representatives from Department of Health, HSE, the National Immunisation Office, the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL UCD), representatives from the Faculties and Institutes of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, RCSI, the Infectious Diseases Society, the Nursing and Midwifery Board and representatives of the public. The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) also attend NIAC meetings to provide regulatory advice in relation to vaccines.
This group of experts meet to consider new evidence about vaccines and provide advice to the Chief Medical Officer and the Department of Health. The Department and the Minister for Health make policy decisions on vaccines which are implemented by the HSE.
Learn more about the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC).