Responding to news that the Government plans to boost the number of children and young people receiving vaccinations, RCN Professional Lead for Public Health Helen Donovan said:
“These suggestions will go some way towards improving the uptake of vaccines. A system-wide approach, better access to appointments combined with improved public information and communication with parents on a one-to-one level, is the most effective way to ensure more people receive vaccines they need.
“Nurses are pivotal to earning public trust in the vaccination programme and are a vital source of information for parents and guardians.
“This job is made more difficult when vaccination services are fragmented. The widespread nursing shortages further compound the issue.”