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Question ref. S5W-26430
Asked by: Anas Sarwar, Glasgow, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 18 November 2019


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set out the advice it received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for the girls’ HPV vaccination programme prior to its introduction in 2008, and specifically whether it indicated that the programme should be implemented with a single school year of girls only, or via a catch-up programme.

Current status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 2 December 2019


The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) made a recommendation to introduce the HPV programme for girls on the 18 July 2008. The JCVI recommended a universal HPV vaccination programme for girls aged 12 to 13 years and a time-limited ‘catch up vaccination of girls aged 13 to 17 years.

The JCVI statement can be found at the following link: