National Immunisation Advisory Committee

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The National Immunisation Advisory Committee works to promote effective, evidence-based policies on vaccines and immunisation in Ireland

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee was established within the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1998. 

Comprising representatives from a broad range of medical and healthcare organisations, we provide expert, evidence-based, impartial guidance to the Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health.

We report directly to the Council of the College.

 

What We Do

We advise the Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health on:

  • specific vaccine recommendations for use in Ireland
  • immunisation-related matters
  • horizon scanning of the development and availability of new vaccines and vaccine technologies.

We also help develop national immunisation strategies and commission health technology assessments (HTAs) for vaccines.

We develop the Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland. These contain recommendations on the appropriate use of licenced vaccines.

Looking for Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland?

Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland are available on the National Immunisation Office website

Recent Decisions

We regularly make recommendations to the Department of Health on vaccines that the Government should consider implementing at a national level.

Our Members

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is chaired by Prof Karina Butler. 

Other members of the Committee are listed here:

Role representative
Secretary Registrar of the College
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Kevin Connolly
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Anna Clarke
Department of Health Colette Bonner
Irish College of General Practitioners TBC
Faculty of Occupational Medicine Tom O’Connell
Faculty of Paediatrics Edina Moylett
Faculty of Pathology Marianne Nolan
Virus Reference Laboratory, UCD Joanne O'Gorman, Cillian De Gascun (co-opted)
Health Products Regulatory Authority Joan Gilvarry
Irish Society of Travel Medicine Conor Maguire
Department of Health and Social Services Northern Ireland TBC
Health Protection Surveillance Centre Suzanne Cotter
National Immunisation Office Brenda Corcoran
Health Service Executive Fiona Ryan
Recording Secretary Lois O'Connor
An Bord Altranais Essene Cassidy
Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Leo Kearns
Observer Michael O’Connell
Observer Kevin Kelleher
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Samuel McConkey
Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland Corinna Sadlier
Faculty of Public Health Medicine Mary Ward
 

Contact Us

Please note, we do not comment on individual cases or patients - such queries should be directed to the National Immunisation Office, which is part of the HSE.

View the Current Immunisation Guidelines (Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland are only available online.)

National Immunisation Advisory Committee

Tel: +353 1 863 9738

Working to promote effective, evidence-based policies on vaccines and immunisation in Ireland