Pneumococcal Diseases: Vaccination

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects a final decision to be made following completion of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Pneumococcal Sub-committee's review of the adult pneumococcal vaccination programme for (a) over-65s and (b) at-risk groups; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Pneumococcal Sub-committee has been undertaking a review of adult pneumococcal vaccination during 2015. Subject to the availability of the necessary data, it is anticipated that the advice of the Pneumococcal Sub-committee will be considered by the JCVI at their next meeting in October 2015.

As set out in the JCVI Code of Practice, JCVI will consider the advice of the Sub-committee and may decide to issue an interim statement for a short period of consultation with those stakeholders who submitted evidence that informed the Committee’s advice.

The JCVI Code of Practice is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/224864/JCVI_Code_of_Practice_revision_2013_-_final.pdf

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