Two-dose HPV jab schedule approved as UK prepares programme change

A two-dose schedule of the HPV vaccine Gardasil has been approved by European regulators, as the UK prepares to change its vaccination programme in response.

HPV vaccination looks set to switch to two doses (photo: Consolidated Scotland)
HPV vaccination looks set to switch to two doses (photo: Consolidated Scotland)

The European Commission has granted EU marketing authorisation for a two-dose schedule of Gardasil in children aged 0-6 months and 9-13 years.

A spokeswoman for manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur MSD said the new schedule 'could help to extend HPV vaccine coverage and increase uptake'.

It follows a positive decision by the European Medicines Agency in February, after research found a two-dose schedule is just as effective as the current three-dose schedule used in the NHS programme.

The UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has since considered the evidence and recommended the NHS switch to a two-dose plan, saying the change could make the programme more cost effective.

Public Health England (PHE) told GP the change will be made 'as soon as practically possible'.

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