London child catch-up vaccination programme
During the summer school term in 2023, the NHS in London will begin delivering catch-up vaccinations for polio and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) for children aged 1-11 years via primary schools, GP practices and community clinics.
Pharmacists are not currently being asked to deliver the polio or MMR vaccine to children as part of this campaign. We were asked whether the non-involvement of pharmacists is a missed opportunity.
Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, said:
“Community pharmacies are one of the most popular and accessible places for people to receive a range of vaccinations. If the right funding and support is in place, many pharmacies could help provide a much wider range of NHS vaccination programmes – giving the public the convenience and service that they want and taking pressure off our general practice colleagues.”