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HSE clarifies rules on children being brought to vaccine centres

The situation has caused some confusion with some people leaving babies outside centres.

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THE SITUATION REGARDING parents bringing children to vaccination centres has been clarified by the HSE following confusion.

Everyone attending vaccination centres is being told not to bring anyone else to their appointment, in order to reduce the number of people in the vaccination centre.

Parents are also being told not to bring children, except an allowance is made for circumstances where there is no one available to mind their child.

“If you have no childcare options, your child will need to stay with you at all times while you are at the vaccination centre,” the HSE says.

When you arrive for your appointment, we will ask you to fill in a form giving contact details for a nominated adult who can take care of your child in case of any emergency.

The situation regarding children, particularly young babies, at vaccine centres had been the source of some confusion, with reports of some parents being refused entry into centres and others resorting to leaving their child outside with another adult.

Note: This article was updated on 15/07/2021 after the HSE changed the guidance.

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