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Influenza: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 91932, tabled on 6 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the expansion of eligibility for flu vaccination to people aged over 50.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

14 January 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) considered the expansion of the flu vaccination programme at a meeting on 6 July 2020. The JCVI was supportive of extending vaccination to all adults aged between 50 and 64 years of age, starting at the oldest age groups as a temporary measure for the 2020/21 influenza season.

The minute of the JCVI’s Extraordinary Meeting on COVID-19 Immunisation prioritisation held 6 July 2020 is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation#minutes

A decision was made this year to extend the seasonal flu programme to people aged 50 and over in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and concerns about the co-circulation of flu and COVID-19. A decision has not yet been made in relation to the inclusion of people aged 50 and over in future years.

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