Tories say give swine flu jabs in schools not practices

The Conservatives are calling for children to be vaccinated against swine flu within schools rather than at GP practices.

Andrew Lansley
Andrew Lansley

In a letter to health secretary Andy Burnham, his Conservative shadow Andrew Lansley asked whether he had considered ‘the relative effectiveness of school-based vaccination programmes, as opposed to GP surgery-based programmes.’

He argued that schools are the ‘natural sites for mass vaccination programmes’.  And the BCG and HPV programmes showed that school vaccination programmes are ‘an efficient and comprehensive way of administering vaccines’.

‘Will you commission a school vaccination programme to dispense the swine flu vaccine?’ he added.

Mr Lansley's letter also expressed concern that pharmacists had been left off the list of those prioritised for the vaccine.

‘I can see no rationale for excluding pharmacists, who are likely to come into contact with a greater number of infected people than some other categories of healthcare workers, from the priority list,’ he said.

* Should children receive vaccinations in schools rather than practices?

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