HPV Vaccination for Boys: Catch-up Programme

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

I thank the Minister for her answer, but the boys who will be vaccinated in the first cohort are at the same risk of HPV infection and related diseases as older boys who will not be eligible for the vaccination, and the Government are therefore missing an opportunity to protect more boys. The herd immunity the Minister spoke of does not apply to boys who may go on to have sex with men or with women who have not been vaccinated. Will the Minister therefore urge her colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care to reconsider this policy on equality grounds?