24.4.20 Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on maintaining immunisation programmes
Routine immunisations remain high priority and should continue to be provided. Only in exceptional circumstances, where demand and capacity issues may impact on the ability to provide a full service, should consideration be given to delaying or deprioritising any immunisations.
We appreciate that you will be having regular discussions with your CCG primary care commissioners regarding workload and priorities. Please raise any concerns about your ability to maintain essential immunisation programmes with them in the first instance before taking any decision or action. Please also note that any proposal to implement a prioritisation process for immunisation programmes needs the prior agreement of your local NHS England and Improvement Public Health Commissioning Team as the commissioner of immunisation programmes.
Please contact us immediately if you have already ceased to provide any routine immunisation programmes (except shingles).
Head of Public Health Commissioning – Hampshire and Thames Valley
NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East Region
Oakley Road, Southampton, SO16 4GX