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Question ref. S5W-26431
Asked by: Anas Sarwar, Glasgow, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 18 November 2019


To ask the Scottish Government, in light of oropharyngeal cancer rates in Scotland reportedly being the highest in the UK, are increasing, and are projected to increase further, whether it will introduce an HPV catch-up vaccination programme for boys.

Current status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 2 December 2019


Vaccination policy in Scotland, as with the rest of the UK, is based on recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The JCVI has not recommended a catch-up approach for the HPV Boys programme at this time.

As with all vaccination programmes, the JCVI keeps its recommendations under review. If at any time the JCVI updates its recommendation around HPV vaccination the Scottish Government will give this due consideration.