IMPORTANT NOTE: This information provides a snapshot of the European situation in September 2023. Please note that for more specific and up-to-date information on a single country, it is advisable to contact the local organisations.

Vaccination policies

In Ireland, immunization is not compulsory


In Iceland, unvaccinated children can attend nurseries, nursery schools and primary schools. It is not a legal requirement to have vaccinations to enter school or nursery.


Between 1995 and 2009, home education was only allowed in a few cases as an exception to the school system. In 2009, one was introduced home education legislation which requires at least one parent to hold a teaching license. Parents are also required to follow a program selected by the state.

Parents who wish to teach their children at home, partially or totally, must request an exemption from their municipality. The school head may provide for an exemption by agreement with the school council and specialized services. Children receiving education at home are exempt from compulsory schooling, but must undergo regular assessment and monitoring and undergo nationally coordinated examination according to the Compulsory Education Act. If parents are granted permission to teach their children at home, the municipality must stipulate a contract with the municipality's compulsory school regarding counseling, supervision and various services and all this makes homeschooling very complex

Vaccination schedule

For more information visit the website of theEcdc.

Recognition and compensation for vaccine injuries

There is no vaccine injury compensation fund in Ireland, although a government document is considering setting one up. Adverse events can be reported toHPRA (Human Medicines Adverse Reaction Report).

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We want to thank you EFVV for providing us with the first information on the European situation.

Obligations in Europe

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