Health chiefs urge residents to still get vaccinations during pandemic
Residents are being urged to attend all regular vaccination appointments to prevent outbreaks of serious diseases.
The NHS is coninuing to help manage illness linked to coronavirus, but NHS England is urging parents to bring children forward for lifesaving jabs to stop diseases like measles and mumps.
A nationwide campaign is being run to encourage people to come forward for help when they need it.
Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS England Medical Director for Primary Care, said: “Vaccines are an absolutely essential building block of good health, so if you or any member of your household are not displaying symptoms of coronavirus and are not self-isolating, vaccinations should happen as normal.
“While the NHS is taking unprecedented measures to protect people from coronavirus, local services are working hard to ensure that people including babies, children and pregnant women still receive their routine vaccinations – they provide essential protection against potentially life-threatening diseases.”
Officials say a high vaccine uptake can prevent a resurgence of infections, which can cause harm and put unnecessary added pressure on the NHS.
Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said: “Vaccines help protect all of us from preventable outbreaks of infectious diseases like measles which can have devastating consequences.
“Children should continue to go to their routine vaccination appointments when they are invited by their GP.
“If you need to visit your GP, parents should be reassured that going to a medical appointment is classed as essential travel as long as no one in the household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.”
A list of vaccinations is on the NHS website.