Vaccines

Detailed information in relation to your arrival to Ireland, the beginning of your student journey and the health and wellbeing supports available to RCSI students is available in our information booklets; 'Welcoming our new International Students to RCSI: Supporting your Health, Safety and Wellbeing' and 'Information Pack 2: Student Handbook'.

These have recently been circulated to incoming students and are also available to view below.

Welcoming our new international students to RCSI: Supporting your health, safety and wellbeing PDF | 3145.6 KB Student Handbook 2021 PDF | 15506.2 KB

If you can get vaccinated against COVID-19 in your home country before travelling to Dublin, we would urge you to do so. If it is not possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel to Dublin, you will be included in the Irish COVID-19 vaccination programme and receive your vaccine at the same time as Irish citizens of a similar age.

If you cannot secure a COVID-19 vaccine prior to travelling to Dublin, you will be treated the same as all other international visitors to Ireland and will be required to undertake a period of post-arrival quarantine of up to 14 days.

Whether you need to complete mandatory hotel quarantine or self-quarantine in your own accommodation will depend on whether you came from, or transited through, a designated state within 14 days of arrival to Ireland or failed to present a negative RT-PCR test (with a date stamp of less than or equal to 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland).

You will be included in the Irish COVID-19 vaccination programme and receive your vaccine at the same time as Irish citizens of a similar age. You will have the same academic and non-academic experience as any fully-vaccinated first year student (not including non-academic experiences outside the remit of the university).

Please note that students who are partially or fully vaccinated with a non EMA-approved vaccine will also be included in the Irish COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Yes, you will be included in the Irish COVID-19 vaccination programme and receive your vaccine at the same time as Irish citizens of a similar age.

We are not in a position to confirm which EMA-approved vaccine you will receive if added to the Irish COVID-19 vaccination programme. At the moment, Irish citizens are receiving one of the four EMA-approved vaccines:

  1. Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)
  2. Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)
  3. Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria®)
  4. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

Please note: at the time of publishing additional vaccines are being reviewed by the EMA and additional vaccines may be added to the EMA approved vaccine list.

It is the duty of all healthcare workers, including students, to protect themselves, fellow students and patients from disease. All newly-registered students must undergo serological screening. The university will arrange for such screening through the RCSI Mercer Medical Centre. RCSI can only accept vaccinations carried out by Mercer's Medical Centre to ensure that all students are in compliance.

Students are screened for and protected against the following diseases before commencing their clinical placements:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • TB
  • Varicella/Zoster
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningitis C
  • Influenza, including H1N1

The cost of the RCSI vaccination programme for all non-EU students is covered as part of your tuition fee. There may be a small charge for additional vaccines not covered by the standard programme. Screening and immunisation are compulsory and failure to comply may result in discontinuation. Queries can be addressed to the Mercer's Medical Centre after registration day.

If you have received any of these vaccinations in the past, please bring supporting documentation with you to Mercer's Medical Centre at the time of serological screening. You do not need to submit any documentation beforehand.