Vaccination: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th August 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the delivery of routine child vaccination programmes.

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

Public Health England (PHE) has published a study on the early impact of COVID-19 on routine childhood vaccinations in England, which suggests that there has not been a significant impact on the number of primary immunisation doses administered compared to the previous year. Whilst there is some indication of a decrease in the first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination, this appears to be recovering. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.19.2000848

School immunisation programmes were paused as a result of school closures and PHE and NHS England and NHS Improvement are now working with regional commissioners to restore school-age vaccination programmes as quickly as possible.

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