England ‘might well end up with mandatory’ vaccines, the outgoing chief medical officer has said. Professor Dame Sally Davies said she hoped other measures could be tried first to stem falling immunisation rates. But she claimed the drastic move could be taken in the future, if the Government fails to improve vaccination rates. Her comments come after an NHS report last month revealed figures vaccination rates for all nine childhood jabs dropped in England last year. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock was then condemned for saying he is seriously considering mandatory vaccination. Dame Sally told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We need to up our vaccination rates. ‘I hope we can do it by other means, but if we can’t, we might well end up with mandatory.’ Vaccines may end up being compulsory if immunisation rates fail to rise, Professor Dame Sally Davies has said (Owen Humphreys/PA) Professor Dame Sally Davies said she hoped other measures could be tried first to stem falling immunisation rates, but that it was vital to stop the spread of deadly diseases Vaccination rates fell for all 13 immunisations in England between the years of 2017-18 and 2018-19, NHS Digital figures revealed this… Read full this story
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