The family of a young woman who died earlier this year have accused people of "degrading her memory" by using her death to promote an anti-vaccine campaign.

Nicole Cahill, from Enniscorthy in Co Wexford, suffered with health problems for many years and died in March at the age of 22.

Her family has stated that Nicole did not die as a result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, but said "anti-vax" campaigners have been using her image to further their cause.

She left behind sisters Debra and Dakota, her brother William and heartbroken parents Bill and Mairead, along with grandparents and many other relatives and friends.

Debra told RTÉ's Liveline that Nicole's face is being "splashed across social media" against the family’s wishes.

"Nicole should be remembered for the bubbly person she was," Debra said, adding that her sister did not die as a result of a Covid-19 vaccine.

"We as a family don’t want her photo posted everywhere ... anyone that wants to degrade her memory is sick and shouldn’t be doing it."

She said that the family wants "respect" for Nicole’s memory and asked why people would want to put them through this.

"At the end of the day, Nicole passed away and we have to grieve her loss. She didn't die from the vaccine.

"Leave the girl to rest in peace and be remembered in the way we want her to be remembered."

After she died, Nicole was remembered by her family as "the most loving, brave and beautiful human being".

She suffered a serious viral infection at the age of six and spent months in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, as well as two years at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.

Nicole also travelled to New York for specialist treatment but her health problems did not stop her from going to primary school in Bree and Marshalstown and secondary school at Enniscorthy Vocational College before attending IT Carlow.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer has said there is a lot of "dangerous misinformation in relation to vaccination" on social media and he urged people to seek their information from reputable sources or talk to their GP.

Speaking at a briefing by the National Public Health Emergency Team, Dr Tony Holohan said "many people will have genuine concerns and worries" about the vaccine programme and they can talk to their GP about these.