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HSE Issues Final Call For Free HPV Catch-up Vaccine

Breda Forrest
Breda Forrest

03:24 20 Nov 2023

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Cork Kerry Community Healthcare invites eligible males and females to get their free HPV vaccine before the end of the year.

The Laura Brennan Catch-up HPV Vaccination programme comes to an end in December, so if those who haven't had the vaccine yet can book a vaccination clinic appointment now.

You can get a HPV vaccine if you’re:

  • in second to sixth year of secondary school, homeschool or special school
  • a female aged 24 or younger
  • a male aged 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 can make an appointment on the online booking portal, although walk-ins are also welcome. The catch-up clinics are held across Cork and Kerry. Confirmed dates with appointment times available include:

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

Tuesday, 28th November: 9am-4pm

Wednesday, 6th December: 9am-4pm

Wednesday, 20th December: 9am-4pm


Mayfield Day Centre, Teach Mhuire, Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, T23 Y820

(Will remove if we don't get this out by Tuesday)

Tuesday, 21st November: 9am-4pm

Kampus Kitchen, University College Cork, College Road, Cork

Wednesday, 29th November: 9am-4pm

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

Wednesday, 13th December: 9am-4pm

Tuesday, 19th December: 9am-4pm

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

Monday 20th November: 1pm-4pm

Monday 11th December: 1pm-4pm

Thursday 28th December: 1:30pm-3:30pm


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

Monday, 11th December: 9:30am-1:30pm


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 school vaccination programme continues as normal. To date, over 550,000 students have received the 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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