Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the contract to deliver the 5-19 Vaccination and Immunisation Service in the City Of York Local Authority Area following a competitive bidding process.
The contract, which runs for 18 months, has been commissioned by NHS England – Yorkshire and Humber with a start date of 1 September 2016.
The 5-19 Vaccination and Immunisation programme helps to prevent illness and promotes positive health, with a local team responsible for the delivery of the vaccination programme to all children in the City of York.
The team will deliver the service from a range of school and community clinics in addition to their existing Childhood Influenza Immunisation programme which is offered to targeted groups within City of York.
The delivery of the 5-19 Vaccination and Immunisation Service in the City of York sees the Trust expand further having recently won contracts for the provision of Childrens’ Services in County Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough as well as retaining the North Yorkshire service.
Vaccination programmes aim to protect people for life. They often concentrate on young children, as they are particularly vulnerable to many potentially dangerous infections. This means the team will work in close partnership with GPs, Healthy Child teams, NHS England, Public Health England, schools, parents and young people in the City of York.
Rachel Wigin, Professional Lead for 5-19 for the Immunisation Service at HDFT, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to deliver a high quality service to the children and young people in the City of York.
“Vaccination is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can ensure the public health of our country is promoted and that every contact counts.”
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