Following the discovery of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus in sewage in north and east London, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that a targeted IPV booster dose should be offered to all children between the ages of 1 and 9 in all London boroughs. More information on this campaign can be found at:
As of 13 April 2023, we have stopped the current publication of polio vaccinations. This is following the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)’s announcement that no further vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) isolates have been detected since early November 2022, which suggests transmission in London has significantly reduced.
Despite these encouraging findings, the risk from poliovirus remains and vaccination rates in London are lower than the rest of the country. In response to this, the NHS in London will soon be delivering a new catch-up campaign, offering polio and other routine childhood vaccines to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 1 to 11 years, during the summer term. This will be delivered in primary schools and community clinics, with a particular focus on supporting communities with the lowest levels of vaccine uptake.
We are currently working on a new publication to monitor the upcoming campaign in London, which will be released soon.
Further information on the latest polio catch-up campaign can be found at:
More information on primary vaccination coverage in those aged up to 5 years can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/cover-of-vaccination-evaluated-rapidly-cover-programme-2021-to-2022-quarterly-data
Supplementary analyses of vaccine statistics are available on the NHS Statistics Supplementary information page
Latest analyses include:
11 October 2022 – Number of Polio vaccinations in London region
Data on the number of Inactivated Polio Vaccines (IPV) vaccines that have been reported to NHS England as administered in the London region to children aged 1-9, from 10 August 2022.