A task group was formed with the aim to improve the quality of the service offered by ensuring that all children waiting for an appointment for vaccination would be offered one at the earliest opportunity. Children aged between 12 mo-5 y that were not completely immunized for their age were identified and included in a pilot catch-up session. Following evaluation of the pilot session, four further immunization sessions were delivered. A total of 398 children attended the four sessions, representing an improved attendance rate of 39%. Most parents brought their children between 11 am-3 pm and 728 vaccines were administered: 339 MMR; 255 Pre-school boosters; 53 Hib/MenC and 81 PCV . Uptake of MMR vaccine in the PC T at age 24 mo increased by 9% by Q3 2008. For children aged five years, uptake of the first dose of MMR vaccine increased from 91.9% to 94% for the first dose and from 82.3 to 82.5% for the second dose by Q3 2008. This project demonstrates that new ways of delivering immunization sessions can be successfully implemented which can enhance access through the use of alternative venues and subsequently lead to increased vaccine uptake.
- Childhood immunization program
- MMR vaccine
- Vaccine uptake