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Statement on immunisation prioritisation

17th April 2020

The statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on immunisation prioritisation has been published on maintaining immunisation services to reduce the serious risk of vaccine-preventable disease.

The key messages are:

  • Providing those attending for vaccination (including parents of babies) are well, are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or other infections and are not self-isolating because they are contacts of suspected COVID-19 cases, immunisation should proceed.
  • Most children suffer from a very minor illness with COVID-19. If immunisation services lapse, there will be consequential substantially increased risk to health from vaccine-preventable diseases. It is vital that we sustain services.