Under consideration PE1939: Amend the date of birth to allow wider accessibility to the HPV vaccination programme for boys
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to demonstrate a commitment to health equality for young males born between 01/09/1997 and 01/09/2006 by allowing them to access the HPV vaccination via the NHS.
Previous action taken
I have written to my MSP.
I have also contacted NHS Child Health Service.
I'm concerned about this health inequality as all girls are vaccinated, also men who have sex with men (MSM) up to and including the age of 45 in Scotland.
Looking at the process in England the age was raised to any boy 12 or 13 in July 2018, as this would afford greater herd immunity which would, in turn protect older boys.
Young males living south of the border, in addition to females and MSM young people are afforded protection by way of the vaccine, yet the same level of opportunity is not available for young males in Scotland. This is unfair and doesn't demonstrate equity to this service in Scotland.
My family members missed being included in the school vaccination scheme as they were born prior to September 2006.
I have made enquiries with the Child Health Immunisation service and have been advised they will not be eligible for this vaccine due to their date of birth. They advised doing this privately. Looking at private care it would cost approximately £500 per male to vaccinate them. A prohibitive cost to most families.
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This petition is now under consideration by the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee