Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

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The Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is an expert committee, set up by the English Department of Health and its equivalents in the other UK administrations to advise on vaccination issues. Its deliberations used to be secret (it allegedly sees documents that are not in the public domain, such as "in confidence unpublished data"), but for the last few years its minutes have been published at its website; and they often provide the earliest indication of likely changes in UK vaccination policy. For example, the minutes of the Influenza Subgroup meeting, Wednesday 8 September 2005 made various recommendations about changes to the groups for whom influenza vaccine should be recommended.

It should be stressed that the JCVI does not make NHS vaccine policy: it advises the Department of Health and Social Care and its government counterparts in the other UK administrations, and these bodies take matters such as affordability into account when setting vaccine policy.

The Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009, which came into force on 1 April 2009, gave JCVI recommendations extra force.

QuotationMarkLeft.png "Advisers advise and ministers decide" QuotationMarkRight.pngMargaret Thatcher, 1989

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