Saturday 24 August 2019

Harris asks TDs to support vaccinations

Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Aoife Moore/PA
Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Aoife Moore/PA
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Health Minister Simon Harris has called on all TDs and senators to deliver a "powerful message" in support of childhood vaccinations.

Mr Harris has written to them to seek support for a cross-party motion supporting the State's immunisation programme.

He said Ireland continues to experience outbreaks of preventable diseases and blamed "misinformation" for some parents' hesitancy in getting children vaccinated.

It comes after Mr Harris said it is "irresponsible" to send unvaccinated children to school and he revealed he has sought the advice of the attorney general on the issue of a mandatory programme of immunisation. Last night, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he supports the "maximum uptake of vaccinations". He criticised Mr Harris for not already having the attorney general's advice on whether it is possible to bring in mandatory vaccinations for school children. He said there are constitutional issues that will arise.

Irish Independent

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