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Immunisation programme for school children restarts in Cornwall

Immunisation programme for school children restarts in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:16am 17th July 2020.

An immunisation programme has restarted in Cornwall to help keep secondary school children protected against infections and diseases.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed and community clinics cancelled, which meant that eligible secondary students were unable to receive their routine vaccinations against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Td/IPV (tetanus, diphtheria and polio) and MenACWY (Meningococal groups A, C, W and Y disease). 

Most of these are usually given during term time, but due to Covid there has been a backlog of vaccinations. 

These immunisations are commissioned and led by NHS England and NHS Improvement to reduce the toll from serious and sometimes-fatal disease. 

The programme is now starting up again in Cornwall and across the South West for students in Year 8 and Year 9.

Parents are being invited by individual providers to bring their child to school or community venues where nurses will administer the relevant vaccine. 

Kernow Health CIC is one of the first providers to begin the immunisation schedule, having started their programme in late June.

Clinics are being run across the Duchy in community venues, rugby clubs and football clubs that have been volunteered for the use of the vaccination sessions. 

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“Our clinics have been running for the past two weeks and we’re calling parents on an individual basis, making appointments and reassuring them and their children about any concerns raised. 

“Two of Cornwall’s secondary schools and many of Cornwall’s rugby clubs and football clubs have provided their venues free of charge for us to run our clinics, along with a number of village and community halls. We are extremely grateful to all as we couldn’t have arranged the vaccination clinics without this support. So far, the programme has been really successful with a great turnout and most sessions have been fully booked.” 

Maria Harvey, Head of Primary Care Operations at Kernow Health CIC

Other providers in the South West are expected to resume the immunisation schedule over the coming weeks with parents being contacted by providers to bring their children in for vaccination. 

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“The infections we’re talking about here can cause very serious illnesses in children, so we’re very pleased to be able to offer immunisations again. We are pleased that there are the early signs that parents and children are keen to get protected, even where they can’t yet get to school. 

“I’d urge all parents and young people who get an invitation to take up the offer. It’s quick and easy and will give lasting protection.” 

Dr Michael Marsh, Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the South West

Plans have been developed to use the end of the summer term and the summer breaks to catch up on the backlog from the 2019/20 school year, and any outstanding backlog will be caught up in the 2020/21 school year.

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