Vaccination: Schools

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase workforce capacity to support the school vaccination programme in 2020 and catch up vaccination programmes.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to restore school-age vaccination programmes that have paused due to school closures. This planning is based on local need and will include an assessment of the workforce capacity needed to restore these services, as well as consideration as to whether an increase to the current workforce is required.

The operational planning also includes working with schools to consider other steps to increase capacity, such as vaccinating during the school holidays, where necessary.

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