Dáil Éireann - Volume 467 - 27 June, 1996
Written Answers. - Hepatitis Vaccinations.
Miss Harney Miss Harney
69. Miss Harney asked the Minister for Health the reason health workers who are working with geriatric patients are last on the list to be given hepatitis vaccinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13836/96]
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East) Michael Noonan
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): It is departmental policy that all health care staff who have regular contact with blood and are at risk from occupational injury should be vaccinated against hepatitis B.
In addition under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations, 1994, every employer has a duty to assess the risk to exposure of employees to hepatitis and to make vaccine available when necessary. The vaccination of staff working with elderly patients is, therefore, a matter in the first instance for the employing authority.
Dáil Éireann 467 Written Answers. Hepatitis Vaccinations.