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 steps he is taking to (a) ensure vulnerable children receive routine vaccinations during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) provide a catch-up programme for vulnerable children who may have missed their vaccinations.

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

The Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan stated that everyone should ensure that they and their family’s vaccinations were up-to-date. The Action Plan is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan/coronavirus-action-plan-a-guide-to-what-you-can-expect-across-the-uk

Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with regional commissioners to ensure routine childhood immunisations continued to be delivered in primary care settings during the COVID-19 outbreak. Programmes delivered through schools were paused as a result of school closures, but plans are in operation for their recovery, for example by vaccinating during the school holidays, to ensure that all children who missed a routine immunisation are caught up as quickly as possible.

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