Ministerial Approval of Covid Vaccination Campaign

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

This is a request made under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This request has two elements.

First, could you please provide a copy of the documents or correspondence in which Health Ministers approved, for the purposes of regulations 291A and/or 292 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, the Covid vaccination advertising campaigns of December 2020 and April 2021. Alternatively if no formal approval documents or correspondence exists for any or all of those campaigns, please confirm this.

Specifically I am referring to the vaccine campaign which commenced in or around December 2020, described by NHS England in a statement published on its website on 8 December 2020 as "the biggest vaccine campaign in NHS history"; and to the national advertising campaign for under-50s announced by the DHSC on or around 26 April 2021.

Second, and independently of that first request (unless the answer is evident on the face of the documents disclosed in response to that first request), could you please confirm whether the approvals given by Health Ministers as referenced above expressly included or excluded advertisements communicated during those vaccination campaigns by any of the manufacturers of the relevant vaccine products.

Yours faithfully,

Mr B Kingsley

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Kingsley,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1452316).

Yours sincerely, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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