Immunisations: policy context

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) provides advice on vaccines and immunisation strategies in the UK. The JCVI is an independent expert advisory committee that advises UK Secretaries of State for Health on communicable diseases that are preventable or potentially preventable through immunisation. It was established in England and Wales under the National Health Service Act and although the committee has no statutory basis in Scotland or Northern Ireland, it fulfils the same role and has the same responsibilities.

The Chief Medical Officer, routinely issues advice and guidance to health professionals, following JCVI recommendations, on changes to the immunisation programme.*

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