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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    COVID-19 vaccination - What to expect

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    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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    Blood clotting following COVID-19 vaccination - Information for health professionals

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    This factsheet contains important information for health professionals on very rare blood clotting following COVID-19 vaccination. It answers questions on risk factors, signs and symptoms and how to report a suspected blood clot following vaccination
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    PHA: as restrictions ease, essential to stick to advice to help keep everyone safe

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to stick to key public health advice as restrictions ease as the best way to help keep COVID-19 case numbers down and ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits as safely as possible. The agency is

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