This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Schools opting out of HPV vaccination programme and subsequent procedure'.



 
 
Information Governance
Michelle Manor 
Hospital
 
Moat Road
 
Walsall
 
West Midlands
 
WS2  9PS
 
 
Tel:  
01922 721172 ext. 7829  
Email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
Email:  
xxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx  
 Website: 
 
www.walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk 
November 27, 2012 
 
Dear Michelle 
 
 
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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Kind Regards 
 
 
Dawn Clift 
Director of Governance & Trust Secretary 
 
 

 
0178/12  
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 
academic calendar.