Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Health
The immunisation programme in Ireland is based on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). The NIAC makes recommendations on vaccination policy to my Department based on the prevalence of the relevant disease in Ireland and international best practices in relation to immunisation.
On 25 November the NIAC recommended that a booster of an mRNA vaccine be offered to all pregnant women aged 16 years and older. I have accepted this advice following its endorsement by the Chief Medical Officer and planning to operationalise the recommendation is underway by the HSE.