The Health Minister is welcoming an apology from the Bishop of Waterford who said the cervical vaccine could cause promiscuity and was only 70% effective.
Bishop Phonsie Cullinan also said that money could be better spent encouraging young people to abstain from sex.
He has since apologised for any upset he caused and said he wasn’t fully informed about the HPV vaccine.
Read full statement here:
"I wish to apologise for contributing to any misinformation, or indeed for causing upset to anyone, concerning use of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines. My intervention was in response to concerns which I had received about HPV vaccines from parents wishing to make the best health decision on behalf of their children, and from young people alike.My intention was solely motivated to protect people from the HPV.I was not fully informed about the vaccination programme and I can see now how HPV vaccines can contribute greatly to lowering the rate of cervical cancer.As I have learnt, possession of full information is paramount on this vital health issue."
Minister Simon Harris says he appreciates the apology.