Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009
The Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009, which come into force on 11 April 2009 as part of the NHS Constitution give Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommendations greater legal force.
According to this Statutory instrument, the Secretary of State must make arrangements to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the recommendations of the JCVI is implemented, at least where the following conditions apply: that the recommendation -
- Relates to new provision for vaccination under a national vaccination programme or to changes to existing provision under such a programme;
- Is made by the JCVI (and not therefore a sub-committee of the JCVI);
- Is in response to a question referred to the JCVI by the Secretary of State;
- Is based on an assessment which demonstrates cost-effectiveness; and
- Does not relate to vaccination in respect of travel or occupational health.
An accompanying document claims that "To date, the [Secretary of State] has accepted every recommendation of the committee that is backed by analysis that shows it to be both clinically and cost effective."