Fighting for Fairness- addressing the unfairness of the vaccine rules
We have long been calling for a reform of the rules used to decide the lifetime value of vaccines. The current rules are unfair and put vaccines that prevent rare but severe illness in children at a disadvantage. This means that children under age 5 - who we believe should have been vaccinated because they are at a higher risk of contracting disease than older age groups - won’t get protection.
Currently only babies are vaccinated because they are the most at risk. The government says it is too expensive to give the MenB vaccine to older children and the costs outweigh the benefits.
If the rules had been fair, we estimate that 400 cases of MenB in the under 5s would have been avoided. We don’t want this to happen again.
The government promised to look into these unfair rules which dictate the value of vaccines. They said they would publish a report in 2016. However, the government has now delayed the report for another year.
- Babies are now being offered the MenB (meningococcal group B) vaccine
- The government also agreed that offering MenB to 1-2 year olds could be possible, however, they made the decision too late and there was not enough vaccine made to do this.
- Both the public and politicians called for ‘urgent action’ on vaccine rules. The government stated that the vaccine rules would be reviewed by 2016. They are now dragging their heels and the report is delayed by at least a year.
We want to report to be published so that fairer decisions on vaccines can be made as quickly as possible. That’s why we are fighting for fairness with our ‘broken hearts broken promise’ campaign.