Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme in 2008 three million females have received the completed HPV vaccine course in England.
PHE developed a range of resources and communication materials targeted at the public and health professionals to support the expansion of the HPV immunisation programme to boys. These materials were developed in close collaboration with National Health Service partners and a number of relevant stakeholders from charities and academia. The resources are intended to provide all the information necessary to help teenagers and their parents make an informed decision about the HPV vaccine. Local immunisation providers should share this information and signpost teenagers and their parents to these materials when the HPV vaccination programme is offered in schools.
Factsheets for school immunisation teams, headteachers and teaching teams and health professionals are available to inform parents and schools about the programme. As the programme is now universal, the fact sheet is aimed at boys and girls and gives information on the vaccination programme and is available at the following links:
In addition, PHE has also worked closely with several charities such as Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust to develop lesson plans for schools to use to teach young people about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. These are available at the following links:
NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned all school aged providers in England to deliver the programme to boys from 1 September 2019 - making this a universal programme. In addition, NHS England and NHS Improvement central and regional Communications and Media teams, together with PHE, have and continue to develop campaigns targeted at boys in the eligible cohort, and their parents/guardians to inform and raise awareness of the availability of the vaccine.
HPV vaccine coverage data is collected annually. PHE will publish first dose HPV vaccine coverage in boys for the academic year 2019/20 in December 2020.