In Ireland, a set of primary childhood vaccinations are available free of charge from GPs who hold contracts for immunization with the State. You can see the schedule fo vaccines offered free here.
GPs should make returns by the 7th of the following month to their Local Health Office to update HSE records and claim payments for vaccines administered. GPs should also advise the HSE of any patients who have not attended for vaccines on time and detail the efforts that have been made to contact the parents/guardians of the patient. GPs are expected to provide over 95% of all vaccinations due and in the event that vaccines are not given as scheduled, some of the possible payment for the schedule will be withheld. If the GP can demonstrate that he or she made every effort to contact and encourage the parent / guardian of a patient then they will be excluded from the percentile of defaulters affecting this payment.
The latest revision of the late entrants information is available through the National Immunizion Office website.
Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines are routinely recommended for all adults over 65 years of age.
All vaccines are stored and delivered under temperature controlled conditions by the HSE National Cold Chain Delivery Service which is managed by United Drug distributors. Approved doctors may order vaccines on a monthly basis by:
Phone 01 463 7770
Fax 01 463 7788
- Vaccine refrigerators are recommended for storage of vaccines. Manufacturer's recommendations on storage should be observed. Vaccines must be kept at temperatures between 2-8 degrees Celcius.
- Vaccines should be stored in the pharmaceutical refrigerator which should not be overfilled to allow air to circulate around the packages. They should not be stored on the shelves or storage compartments of the door of non pharmaceutical refrigerators.
- The vaccine packs should not touch the sides or back of the refrigerator.
- Door opening should be kept to a minimum
- Amaximum/minimum thermometer should be used in refrigerators where vaccines are stored, irrespective of whether the refrigerator incorporates a temperature indicator dial. The maximum and minimum temperatures reached should be monitored and recorded daily. Temperature record logs are best kept close to the refrigerator for ease of reference. If temperatures are recorded outside the permitted range or if there is a breakdown in supply or equipment, the local Senior Medical Officer should be contacted for further advice.
- The vaccine refrigerator should be cleaned every two months with a 1:10 solution of sodium hypochlorite.
- Care should be taken to ensure that the electricity supply to the vaccine storage refrigerator cannot be accidentally interrupted. This can be achieved by using a switchless socket or by placing cautionary notices on plugs and sockets.
Disposal of Vaccines
Reconstituted vaccine must be used within the recommended period, varying from one to four hours, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Single dose containers are preferable as once opened, multidose vials must not be kept after the end of the session. Unused vaccine, spent or partly spent vials should be disposed of safely by incineration. Contaminated waste and spillage should be dealt with by heat sterilisation, incineration or chemical disinfection as appropriate.
Expired vaccines should be returned to the HSE National Cold Chain Delivery Service at the next delivery.