O'DWYER CALLS ON THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND THE HSE TO GIVE CLARITY ON THE ROLL OUT OF THE HPV VACCINE IN SCHOOLS.
Speaking on HPV awareness day Chris O'Dwyer Local Area Representative for the Labour Party in Clondalkin-Rathcoole called for clarity on how the HSE will address the growing gap in the rollout of the HPV vaccine programme.
"This issue was raised with me by a constituent who expressed concern for the younger members of her school community who have not received either of their HPV vaccine doses
"We know from campaigners like Vicky Phelan and the late Laura Brennan how important and essential these vaccines are. They are a central pillar in the fight to prevent certain cancers including cervical cancer.
"Since day 1 of the cervical cancer controversy the Labour Party have worked alongside the women and their families affected by this scandal. We know the importance of the vaccine, we know the great lengths that Laura went to in order to advocate for this.
"It would be the greatest disservice to her memory and the work of her family if we do not see this vaccination program through. We need normal healthcare delivery where possible in order to combat preventable diseases. So it is essential for Minister Donnolly and the HSE to look at how this can be done and provide clarity in order to ensure that every young person who wants to access the vaccine can access the vaccine.