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HPV Catch-up Vaccination Programme Expands Across Cork And Kerry

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04:10 4 Sep 2023

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The Laura Brennan HPV Catch-up Vaccination Programme is offering another chance for eligible males and females to receive the free HPV vaccine, if they have not received it before.

The programme has now been expanded and you can get a HPV vaccine if you’re:

  • in second to sixth year of secondary school, home-school or special school
  • female age 24 or younger
  • male age 21 or younger

If you’re an international student living in Ireland, you can get a vaccine if you’re:

  • female age 24 or younger
  • male age 21 or younger

If you’re a refugee or seeking protection in Ireland, you can get a vaccine if you’re:

  • female age 14 to 24
  • male age 14 to 21


You must make an appointment on the online booking portal. The catch-up clinics will be held across Cork and Kerry and new dates are being added regularly. Confirmed dates with appointment times available include:

Clinic A, St Finbarr's Hospital Campus, Douglas Road, Cork, T12 XH60

Tuesday, 12th September: 9am-4pm


St Mary's Primary Care Centre, St Mary's Health Campus, Baker's Rd, Gurranabraher,Cork, T23 V09X

Wednesday, 20th September: 9:30am-4pm


Dental Building, Hospital Grounds, Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen, P81 HC43

Friday, 8th September: 9am-1pm


Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Gouldshill, Mallow, Co. Cork P51 Y8EC

Monday, 18th September: 2pm-4pm


Kerry Vaccination Centre, Borg Warner, Monavalley, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92 HT21

Monday, 18th September: 9:20am-4:40pm

Monday, 25th September: 9:20am-4:40pm


Community Registered General Nurse for School Vaccinations with the HSE South Lee team, Dallas Brennan, said: “I have been involved in the HPV vaccine campaign since it began in 2010 and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for all eligible young people, as we strive to eradicate certain cancers. If you missed out at school, please make an appointment now. It’s a single dose and a very safe vaccine. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have on the day."

Dr Lucy Jessop, Consultant in Public Health Medicine – National Immunisations Lead at the HSE National Immunisation Office, said: “The HPV vaccine has been offered to girls in first year in secondary school since 2010. This is because the most common cancer caused by the HPV virus is cervical cancer. However, the HPV virus can cause other cancers and conditions that can affect boys and men, and since September 2019, boys have also been offered the HPV vaccine.

“The Minister’s recent announcement about the expansion of Laura Brennan HPV Catch-up Vaccination Programme will give an additional opportunity for people to get vaccinated. The more young people vaccinated the better the spread of HPV infection can be controlled. I would encourage people to avail of this opportunity as until the end of 2023 the vaccine will be available for free through HSE vaccination clinics. It’s really simple to book an appointment,” she said.

To date, over 550,000 students have received HPV vaccine through the HSE vaccination programme. For more information and to book an appointment in your area please see Contact HSE Live if you need help booking an appointment on Freephone: 1800 700 700.

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