Routine adolescent immunisations slip during pandemic

Coverage for the childhood schedule, however, has remained unscathed by the disruption, researchers show

Adolescent vaccinations have dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic, and GPs may have to take up the slack, an immunisation specialist says.


New figures show that, while the impact of COVID-19 on the childhood schedule was minimal in 2020, catch-up is needed for teen HPV and MenACWY inoculations.

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) annual report on immunisation coverage shows that, although HPV vaccination continues to creep higher, a growing proportion of 11-to-14-year