Council commits its support for an extended vaccination programme
At Tuesdays meeting (22 March), Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet approved
an additional report submitted at the request of Cllr Christine Jones, Cabinet
Member for Social Services.
Cllr Jones put forward a recommendation for the Council to commit its support
for the extension of the meningitis B vaccination programme to all children up
to the age of 11.
The UK Government has received a petition signed by over 820,000 people to
extend this programme and this report was submitted in response to public
support for this petition.
Cllr Jones said after the meeting:
“I am really pleased that Cabinet supported this recommendation. We are asking
the Government to look at extending this vaccination programme which was
introduced in September 2015. Essentially, all children born after 1 May 2015
will be covered by this, but that leaves a lot of vulnerable children who will
not receive this potentially life-saving vaccination. This is a preventable
disease which has a terrible impact on children and families affected.”
The Parliamentary Petitions Committee, working jointly with the Health
Committee, is currently holding its second evidence session on the meningitis B
vaccine and have agreed to schedule a debate on this petition in Parliament
after the evidence sessions have taken place. The Government will announce the
date in due course.