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.