18 February 2021
Today, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published a report, Mind the Gap, exploring the reasons why Greater London reports the lowest uptake in England for adult flu vaccination. In response, the British Society for Immunology has issued the following statement.
Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology, said:
“Today’s publication of the Royal Society for Public Health report on London’s low flu vaccination rates, Mind the Gap, shows a concerning downward trend in flu vaccination uptake in Greater London, highlighting the urgent need to address the numerous barriers to improving coverage.
“Flu vaccination rates in London have substantially decreased since the 2012 public health reforms, falling behind more rapidly than the national average and widening the gap between London and England. Without high levels of vaccination coverage, diseases have the potential to spread within our communities putting lives at risk.
“We support the recommendation made by the Royal Society for Public Health calling for NHS England and NHS Improvement to establish the local immunisation coordinator roles to act as ‘on the ground’ champions for vaccination. This, coupled with increased accessibility of services, community outreach and funding, will ensure we have a strong vaccination framework beyond the pandemic.”