By law, medicine, nursing and physiotherapy (not pharmacy) students are classified as category A healthcare workers and must be screened for and protected against the following diseases:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Varicella/Zoster
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningitis C
  • Influenza (including H1N1)

To meet these requirements RCSI and Mercer's Medical Centre offer a Health Screening and Vaccination Programme for students.

This programme is designed to protect you, and the patients with whom you come into contact, against preventable illness.


A standard vaccination capitation fee, payable by all students – irrespective of past vaccination history or number of attendances required – is charged in your first year fees to cover the Health Screening and Vaccination Programme.

The programme will not commence until this fee has been paid.

In the first year you will be screened/vaccinated for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Tuberculosis.

Please note

  • RCSI can only accept vaccinations carried out by the Mercer's Medical Centre to ensure that all students comply.
  • Screening and immunisation are compulsory and failure to comply will result in discontinuation.