Wednesday 11 October 2023
The adolescent HPV vaccine programme for children in the Bailiwick is set to change from two doses at age 12-13 to one dose from this autumn in line with the guidance of the JCVI.
The JCVI regularly reviews all vaccination programmes and considers new evidence as it emerges. The Committee has been considering the potential decision for several years and now considers that there is strong evidence in favour of moving to 1 dose. This view aligns with recent advice from the World Health Organization's SAGE committee. The HPV programme in the UK targets girls and boys aged 12 to 13 and is currently given as a 2-dose course. Under the new advice, all young people will be eligible for 1 dose as part of the routine adolescent programme.
Children who become eligible for the HPV vaccine from the academic year 2023 to 2024 (date of birth between 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2011) onwards will only require one dose and this will continue to be routinely offered to children in school year 8 and those of an equivalent age who are not in mainstream education.
For those children who became eligible for the HPV vaccination programme in the 2022 to 2023 academic year (date of birth between 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010) the following applies:
- Those who started their HPV vaccination schedule and have already received one dose of the vaccine will be considered fully vaccinated.
- Those who have not yet received any HPV vaccinations will be eligible to receive one dose of the HPV vaccine.
- Any individual who missed their vaccine when eligible and require catch-up moved to a one dose schedule from 1 September 2023, and remain eligible until their 25th birthday.
Children for whom parents or carers provided consent to be given two doses of vaccine last year won't receive another dose of vaccine this year as they are now considered to be fully vaccinated. These families will receive a letter explaining the changes and why their child does not require another dose of HPV vaccination. From this year, the consent form received by parents will cover the single dose required.