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November 27, 2012
Re: Freedom of Information request – 0178/12 – HPV Vaccination Programme
This letter confirms receipt of your request for information under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, requesting information relating to HPV Vaccination Programme
I am pleased to attach our response to your email received on 4 November 2012.
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Director of Governance & Trust Secretary
HPV Vaccination Programme
Under the Freedom of Information Act, would you be so kind as to answer the below questions. Any
responses should cover the time period from the initiation of the national HPV vaccination scheme to
present. I am specifically looking for information regarding the geographical area covered by Walsall
Teaching Primary Care Trust.
1) Do all girls aged 12 -13 get offered the HPV vaccine at school? Invitations are sent out from the school class lists and cross referenced with the Trust Care Plus
IT system. Girls are invited up to 3 times by letter - 2 through school and the 3rd via post to their
parents if a completed consent form is not received back. Often this is then followed up by a
phone call to parents.
2) a) for girls accepting, do their GPs get notified of their vaccination? Yes – immunisation history is sent out on a weekly basis
b) for girls offered but not accepting the vaccine, do their GPs get notified of their non-vaccination? Report sent at the request of the GP and at the end of each school year information is also
uploaded on monthly basis to the Exeter system.
3)a) Have any schools in the area refused to allow either clinicians or school nurses to administer the
HPV vaccine? No
b) If so, which? n/a
c) If the answer to 3a) is yes, what are the reasons provided for this? n/a
d) What is the policy/process for alternative arrangements for any schools that have opted out? n/a
e) Please provide a copy of the official notifications, or record of that notification n/a
4a) Have any schools in the area opted out of the HPV vaccine catch up programme at any point? One school has refused to allow us access to deliver any catch up sessions for girls who have
missed out due to absence on the scheduled day. They have however agreed the 3 scheduled
days for HPV
4b) If the answer to 4a) is yes, which? The school refusing the catch up sessions is Barr Beacon School.
Any girls attending Barr Beacon who miss any one of the 3 scheduled days are invited to attend
a clinic to receive outstanding HPV vaccinations if their parents are willing/able to bring them.
The school will not allow any catch up sessions as they prefer minimal disruption to the