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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.

Press queries  

All press queries regarding NIAC should be directed to either Louise Finn or Kate Healy at the RCPI Press Office via the information below.  

Looking for Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland?

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

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
Special Advisor Kevin Connolly
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Anna Clarke
Department of Health Colette Bonner
An Bord Altranais Essene Cassidy
National Immunisation Office Lucy Jessop (alternate - Chantal Migone )
Faculty of Paediatrics Edina Moylett
Faculty of Pathology Marianne Nolan
Virus Reference Laboratory, UCD Cillian De Gascun
Health Products Regulatory Authority Donal O'Connor (alternate - Sinead Curran)
Irish College of General Practitioners Conor Maguire
Department of Health and Social Services Northern Ireland TBC
Health Protection Surveillance Centre Suzanne Cotter
Special Advisor Brenda Corcoran
Health Service Executive Rose Fitzgerald
Recording Co-Secretary Niamh Bambury
Recording Co-Secretary Peter O'Reilly
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Chief Executive Officer
Observer Michael O’Connell
Observer Kevin Kelleher
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Brian Cleary
Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland Corinna Sadlier
Faculty of Public Health Medicine Mary Ward
Travel Medicine Society of Ireland Astrid Weidenhammer
Faculty of Occupational Medicine Conor McDonnell
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland President
 

Contact Us

Please note, the committee does not provide guidance on individual cases or handle individual patient queries. 

If the current immunisation guidelines do not answer your query, contact the National Immunisation Office, which is part of the HSE.

View the Current Immunisation Guidelines 

National Immunisation Advisory Committee

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

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

Louise Finn

Communications Executive

Tel: +353 86 796 5186

For general press enquiries contact Louise in our Communications Department.

Kate Healy

Corporate Communications Manager

Tel: + 353 85 8722 109

Kate manages the Corporate Communications department at RCPI.