Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Faculties welcome and support the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people aged 12 to 15 years

Paediatricians and Public Health Doctors at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland welcome the opening of registration for vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 15 years.

The Faculty of Paediatrics, the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology welcome and support the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people aged 12 to 15 years.

Dr Louise Kyne, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics said: “Evidence on COVID-19 vaccines should provide the parents of 12 to 15 year-olds with confidence about safety and side effects. Children and young people who are vaccinated will be less likely to miss school and other activities because of being ill with COVID-19. As paediatricians and public health physicians we encourage parents to avail of these vaccines for their 12 to 15 year olds.”

“In particular, it is strongly recommended that those with underlying medical conditions, or with at-risk family members, be vaccinated.”

The vaccines being offered to those aged 12 to 15 years are the Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Both are approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) as safe and effective in this age group.

The vaccines have been recommended in Ireland by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). NIAC’s recommendations on vaccines for those aged 12 to 15 years can be found here. NIAC also recommends that before vaccination, they and their parents/guardians should be informed of the benefits and risks of vaccination, the risks of COVID-19 to their age group and the uncertainties (e.g., frequency, duration, and outcome of COVID-19 and of vaccine side effects).

The HSE online portal is now open for registration. Parents and guardians are advised to get information from reliable sources such as at the links below and to discuss the decision about getting vaccinated with their child. If you have further queries, your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist can provide information about your particular circumstances.

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Ian Tracy

Communications Executive