We are aware some users might find it difficult to log into our site today. We are working on this issue and hope to have it resolved shortly.

How will the government tackle the drop in children's immunisation rates?

Home secretary may consider compulsory vaccination, but NHS staff are unconvinced
Photo of a child receiving a vaccination

Home secretary may consider compulsory vaccination, but there is little enthusiasm for this among NHS staff

  • Uptake of some childhood vaccinations is falling and the government is preparing a vaccination strategy
  • Vaccination is important for ensuring herd immunity and can be an opportunity for nurses to pick up other issues
  • More flexible appointments for working families and catch-up clinics in schools and universities might help

The UK government is preparing a vaccination strategy in response to falling child immunisation rates which could be out in weeks.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said he is also considering a move to compulsory vaccination and has sought legal advice.


years in a row uptake of the first dose of MMR has fallen

(Source: NHS Digital/World Health Organization)

The proposed strategy is a


Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Children and Young People
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?