Child pneumococcal jabs from September

Routine pneumococcal vaccination of children aged under two will be rolled out across England and Wales from 4 September, the DoH announced last week.

In addition, the meningitis C vaccination at age two months will be replaced by a booster jab at age one year, when a booster dose of Hib vaccine should also be offered.

The addition of pneumococcal vaccination to the childhood immunisation schedule was first announced in February (GP, 17 February).

In a letter sent out to GPs last week, the CMO confirmed that the vaccine should be routinely given to children at age two, four and 13 months.

In addition, a catch-up campaign is planned to run between September and March to offer vaccination to all other children under two years of age.

GPs will receive £15.02 for each child completing the routine vaccination course and £7.51 per child for the catch-up campaign.

Allocated deliveries of the vaccine start between 7 and 18 August, and further supplies should be ordered from wholesale supply company Healthcare Logistics from 13 September.

The CMO urged GPs to make use of current supplies to bring forward catch-up vaccination of children turning two between September and November.

 

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