26 May 2021
Today, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vaccinations For All has published a report, Improving Vaccine Uptake, looking into the factors that improve or hinder vaccine uptake.
In response, the British Society for Immunology has issued the following statement.
Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:
“Vaccines are one of the most effective public health interventions we have to reduce illness and save lives both in the UK and around the world. However, to maximise the positive impact of vaccination, we must ensure a high uptake rate to protect our communities and reduce disease spread. The UK still does not hit the World Health Organization target of 95% uptake for routine childhood vaccinations at the correct timepoints.
“Today’s excellent publication by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaccinations for All provides a comprehensive review of the multi-faceted barriers to vaccine uptake, along with important recommendations for how to overcome them. As the report states, the good news is that there are lots of measures that we can take now to improve vaccine uptake. These include actions that the British Society for Immunology has been consistently calling for such as increased training for healthcare workers to answer individuals’ questions about vaccines, enhanced community outreach services, and improving accessibility of vaccination services.
“As the report rightly lays out, there is much that we can learn from the success of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout that we can now apply to other routine vaccination services. Now is the time to capitalise on the enhanced understanding and public support for vaccinations and the British Society for Immunology hopes to see many of these recommendations incorporated into the Government’s widely anticipated Vaccine Strategy when it is published in due course.”