Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 23 May 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to review eligibility for any future RSV immunisation programme, and whether such a review would be based on timing or on assessment of data.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government have made a policy decision on the eligibility of a potential respiratory snncytial virus (RSV) programme, which is in line with the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) September 2023 advice.

When a new immunisation programme is introduced, policy decisions are made about who the National Health Service will offer the immunisation to. These decisions are based on the advice and recommendations of the JCVI. The eligibility of an immunisation programme is not reviewed in a time-based manner, although the JCVI keeps all immunisation programmes and advice under review and can update its advice based on new and emerging data.

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