Vaccinations: Polio

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:

Polio vaccine catch-up campaign for London as sewage surveillance findings suggest reduced transmission – GOV.UK (

More information on primary vaccination coverage in those aged up to 5 years can be found at:

 Weekly Data

Polio vaccinations 13 April 2023

Polio vaccinations 6 April 2023

Polio vaccinations 30 March 2023

Polio vaccinations 23 March 2023

Polio vaccinations 16 March 2023

Polio vaccinations 09 March 2023

Polio vaccinations 02 March 2023

Polio vaccinations 23 February 2023

Polio vaccinations 16 February 2023

Polio vaccinations 09 February 2023

Polio vaccinations 02 February 2023

Polio vaccinations 26 January 2023

Polio vaccinations 19 January 2023

Polio vaccinations 12 January 2023

Polio vaccinations 5 January 2023

Polio vaccinations 22 December 2022

Polio vaccinations 15 December 2022

Polio vaccinations 8 December 2022

Polio vaccinations 1 December 2022

Polio vaccinations 24 November 2022

Polio vaccinations 17 November 2022

Polio vaccinations 10 November 2022

Polio vaccinations 03 November 2022

Polio vaccinations 27 October 2022

Polio vaccinations 20 October 2022


Additional Analyses

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.

Polio vaccinations 11 October 2022