Closed petition Re introduce the MenC vaccine for babies aged 12 weeks of age.
From July 2016, the MenC vaccine for 12 week old babies was discontinued from the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
In a letter to Public Health England in March 2016 The Joint Committee on Vaccination (JCVI) recommended that infants aged 12 weeks no longer require the vaccination against meningococcal serogroup C (MenC) due to the success of the immunisation programme that started in 1999.
One case is one too many and today there is a baby girl in Bradford fighting for her life after contracting MenC at the age of 10 months.
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Petitions Committee demands answers from Health Minister over delayed vaccines report
On Wednesday 27 February, the Petitions Committee questioned the Health Minister, Steve Brine, about delays to the publication of the Government’s report on how the Government decides whether a vaccine is cost-effective.
Although this was prompted by a petition into the meningitis B vaccine, the report is about all vaccines.
The report, which was due to be published in 2016, was finally published yesterday following continued pressure from the Petitions and Health Committees.
Watch the Minister and officials give evidence here: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/1272d4d6-a219-4b60-8ad6-e2e8022d9111
Petitions Committee Chair, Helen Jones MP, said about the Minister’s answers:
“The Minister failed to justify why it took so long to publish the report and commit to a consultation, and why the report was published less than 24 hours before the Committee questioned the Minister. We are pleased that the Minister has agreed to look again at what more can be done to engage with people affected by meningitis.
The Minister confirmed that pressure from our Committee and petitioners has pushed the Government in the right direction, but the long delay suggests that the Government needs to take the concerns of petitioners more seriously more quickly.
We’ve heard serious concerns from charities about the technical model the Government is using to decide which vaccines are cost-effective. The Government must listen carefully to experts in the sector before making any decisions on something so important.
We will continue to fight to make sure that petitioners’ voices are heard and that the Government is held to account. Vaccines save children’s lives, and the Government must not simply kick decisions into the long-grass.”
Because the consultation is very technical, the Committee asked the Minister to do more to engage with people who are concerned about vaccines. The Minister agreed that he would. We’ll let you know when that happens.
You can respond to the technical consultation here: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/immunisation-and-high-consequence-infectious-diseases/cemipp-report/
You will be able to read the transcript here by Friday 27 February:
Read about the Petitions and Health Committees’ inquiry into this issue: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/petitions-committee/inquiries/parliament- 2015/meningitis-b-vaccine-inquiry-15-16/
Read the recent letters to the Department for Health about report: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/petitions/Correspondence-relating-to-petition-on-meningitis-b-vaccine.