Baby and Childhood Immunisation

During the coronavirus please continue to take your baby for their vaccines at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 13 months of age. Phone your GP first to make an appointment.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting babies and children against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation.

Under 6

Under 6s GP visit card

All children under 6 years of age living in Ireland can get a GP visit card.

The under 6s GP visit card covers:

  • free GP visits
  • assessments at age 2 and 5
  • GP home visits
  • out-of-hours urgent GP care
  • care for children with asthma

Medication costs and hospital charges are not covered.

Register online

To register your child you need to provide your:

  • PPS number
  • child’s PPS number
  • GP’s name

If you don’t have your child’s PPS number, contact the Department of Social Protection on LoCall 1890 927 999 or email

Register online

Postal applications

To apply by post, download the form in English or Irish or LoCall 1890 252 919 to order one in the post

Post the completed form to:

GP Visit Card – Under 6s

PO Box 12629

Dublin 11

Electronic GP registrations

If your GP is accepting registrations electronically, we will send your child’s details to them after you register.

If your GP is not accepting registrations electronically, you will receive an email with a copy of your child’s registration details attached.

Print this email attachment, bring it to your GP to sign and then post it to:

The National Medical Card Unit,

PO Box 11745

Dublin 11

D11 XKF3

After you apply

Once you complete the registration process, your GP will get the details and your child will get a card within a few days.