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Parents 'fearful' as HSE redeployment holds up school immunisation scheme

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‘UNACCEPTABLE’: Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘UNACCEPTABLE’: Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘UNACCEPTABLE’: Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A vaccination programme for school children in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford has been suspended after 100 HSE staff were redeployed to carry out Covid-19 test and tracing duties.

The roll-out of the programme was paused by the HSE last month and children in both primary and secondary schools in the Midlands have not received essential vaccines aimed at preventing measles, mumps and rubella, as well as cervical cancer in later life.


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