Cancer charities are pushing to increase HPV vaccine availability as the latest figures show vaccination coverage is below target for both boys and girls.
A new HPV Aware campaign was launched on Monday morning, supported by the Irish Cancer Society, the Marie Keating Foundation and CERVIVA at Trinity College Dublin.
According to RTE, Rachel Morrogh, director of advocacy and external affairs at ICS, said the Health Service Executive’s goal is for 85% of children to be fully vaccinated by their first year of high school.
However, preliminary figures for the 2020/2021 school year show that the vaccination rate is 74% for girls and 71% for boys.
However, many people see this particular vaccine as somewhat controversial given many stories that emerged online with parents claiming that their child got injured from taking the vaccine.
Scientists and doctors deny all claims and say that the vaccine is fully safe and helps prevent cancer, but it hasn’t stopped the controversy from evolving over time on social media with actual campaigns launched to try and stop people allowing their kid to take it.
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