Simon Harris has warned ‘the people to give medical advice are doctors and not bishops’.
The Health Minister is urging people not to listen to people who aren’t professionally qualified when it comes to the HPV vaccine.
He was responding to Waterford Bishop, Phonsie Cullinan, who said the cervical cancer vaccine encourages schoolgirls to engage in risky sexual behaviour.
The Bishop claimed the Gardasil vaccine had created a false sense of security and was only 70 percent safe.
Minister Harris says the vaccine can save lives.
HSE officials have been defending the rolling out of the HPV vaccination.
Head of the HSE National Immunisation Office, Dr. Brenda Corcoran says its important that parents listen to experts on the subject.