Vaccination: Expenditure

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127364, how much was spent in total on vaccination programmes in each of the last five years; and what the total expenditure on each individual vaccine programme was during that time period.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The expenditure on adult and childhood vaccines consumed in each of the last five years is disclosed in the Department’s published annual financial statements and is as follows:

2016/17 £’000

2015/16 £’000

2014/15 £’000

2013/14 £’000

2012/13 £’000

Adult and childhood vaccines consumed/disposed of






The amounts disclosed cover vaccine costs for adult and childhood vaccination programmes procured centrally and those that are locally procured by general practitioners and pharmacies and reimbursed. These amounts are recognised as a cost to the Department in the accounts.

Other costs associated with delivering vaccination programmes, such as the cost of administering vaccines and the prescribing fees for those vaccines that are locally procured, which are met by NHS England, and the cost of national cold chain storage and distribution of vaccines, vaccine ordering services, communications, contract management and data collection and surveillance, which sit with Public Health England, are not included above as information is not held centrally in this format.

Breakdown on individual vaccination programmes cannot be given as it is commercially sensitive.

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