The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.


In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

Public Health

Nursing and Allied Health Professions



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    Call for people to come forward for testing in areas of Kilkeel

    - News
    The PHA has identified a small number of probable cases of the Delta variant (VOC-21APR-02, first detected in India) in the Kilkeel area. These early results are suggestive of the variant but this has not been confirmed. As a precautionary measure we
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    COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and translations

    - Publication
    This updated factsheet contains important information on the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of a very rare side effect more than 4 days and within 28 days after vaccination. Over the age of 40, the benefits
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    COVID-19 vaccination - What to expect and translations

    - Publication
    You will receive a copy of this leaflet after you have had your first vaccine. It contains information on the vaccine, potential side effects and what to do next. A large print accessible version of this leaflet is available below as a Word document

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