Deputy Clare Daly
Minister for Health and Children
if the cervical cancer vaccine will require joint parental consent; and if not, if he will explain the way this can be, in view of the Health Service Executive guidelines on obtaining consent for non-emergency treatment and services for young persons under 18 years.
Minister for Health and Children (Deputy James Reilly):
The consent form for the administration of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cervical cancer vaccine was developed in line with
consent forms used in previous vaccination campaigns the meningococcal C vaccine campaign in 2000, the MMR catch up campaign in 2009 and the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccination programme in 2009/2010
guidance on consent issues as per the HSE Quality and Risk department as published in Chapter 6 of the Practical Guide to Immunisation 2008
the guide to professional conduct and ethics for registered medical practitioners 7th edition 2009 published by the Medical Council
consultation with the Data Protection Commissioner
consultation with the National Adult Literacy Agency
In line with custom and practice in previous immunisation campaigns consent is only required from one parent.