Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said:
“Everyone should be concerned about falling vaccination rates in the UK and anti-vaccine sentiment must be addressed. At the same time, it isn’t the only issue that can impact uptake rates and we urge the Secretary of State to look at this issue carefully in the round before taking major decisions about introduction of compulsory vaccination."
“System issues as well as anti-vaccine messages can be crucially important. For example, in response to low uptake of a meningitis vaccine for teenagers, MRF campaigned successfully on issues such as switching on opportunistic alerts for GPs that flag eligible patients, correcting the wording in the GP contract to include all eligible age groups and we introduced our own eligibility checker to help people find out if they are entitled to the vaccine. These three measures combined helped increase uptake of meningitis vaccines when implemented."