NHS South West urges people to continue their vaccinations to prevent disease

The NHS is urging people across the south west to continue getting their regular immunisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are concerns that children and adults may miss their essential, routine vaccinations such as the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and whooping cough (pertussis) for pregnant women.

GP practices across the south west continue to offer all routine immunisations and are doing so in a safe way in accordance with Government social distancing and infection control guidelines. 

As long as those attending appointments, including parents of babies or children, do not have symptoms or are not self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, all scheduled vaccinations should go ahead as normal.

NHS England and NHS Improvement South West is working closely with GP practices in the region to ensure that immunisation services can be maintained and to reschedule any appointments that have been delayed due to the impact of COVID.

Dr Alison Mackenzie, screening and immunisation lead from NHS England South West, said: “If you or your child is due an immunisation, please make an appointment by contacting your practice on the phone or online to ensure you or your child remain protected against these important infections. If you are in a vulnerable group or are shielding and are due an immunisation then please contact your general practice to discuss options.  

“We want to reassure people that these important health services are continuing and are available so please attend your appointment when you receive your invitation letter.”