England and Wales: parents urged to keep children vaccinated

18 September 2020

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, has said that a national effort to vaccinate children and young people today will relieve the long-term pressures on health services by avoiding preventable diseases.

Research by Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shows that MMR immunisations fell by 20% in England in the first three weeks of lockdown.

The LGA is calling for the government to set out its plan to ensure that children receive routine vaccinations without overwhelming GPs, clinics and schools, and to provide funding to allow local authority workforces to cope with demand.

It reasserted that schools have remained open throughout the pandemic and demonstrated their control measures to safely provide immunisation programmes on-site.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has led to a sharp fall in the number of children around the world being vaccinated, the UN has said.

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