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Vaccinations for children

Under to the Polish Immunisation Programme, all Ukrainian citizens, including children and adolescents up to 19 years of age, are entitled to free vaccinations in Poland. In order to arrange a vaccination visit, you should consult your primary care physician (internist).

Children who entered Poland after 24 February 2022 can benefit from free health care in Poland and their vaccinations should be done in accordance with the Polish vaccination calendar.

Vaccination rules

Vaccination of newborns against tuberculosis and hepatitis B and all subsequent vaccinations of the vaccination calendar are mandatory for children born in Poland.

Children who have been staying in the country for less than 3 months may be vaccinated voluntarily. In case of a longer stay, persons up to the age of 19 are included in the vaccination schedule.

The decision to vaccinate a child is made by a GP (internist/family doctor), who sets the child's individual vaccination calendar basing on medical information about the child. In the event of contact with a dangerous virus (tetanus, rabies), vaccination should be carried out immediately after urgent consultation with a doctor.

Most important vaccinations

The basic vaccinations for children by age according to the 2022 schedule are:

  • measles with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for children in their second year of life
  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
  • hepatitis B

COVID-19 vaccination is also recommended.

If there is no medical history of vaccination a child is treated as unvaccinated. Children who have been hospitalised and do not have a health booklet should be tested for HBs antibody levels as soon as possible to check for hepatitis immunity.