Hancock wrong on compulsory child vaccinations

A leading doctor has warned that Matt Hancock is wrong to think compulsory child vaccination will help tackle falling immunisation rates in England.

Dr David Elliman, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said that such a move could be counter-productive and make people more suspicious. Instead, he has leant his voice to call for the Health Secretary to encourage vaccines to be offered in places such as supermarkets and music festivals.

Elliman said this is due to the increasing need to reach out to people in their 20s who did not have the MMR vaccine at the height of the scare two decades ago, urging the government to focus on accessibility.

NHS data last month showed that vaccination rates for all nine vaccines given to children before the age of five fell in the last year in England, with the UK also losing its measles-free status in August amid a rising number of cases.

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