RCPCH launches campaign on RSV vaccination

The College has launched a campaign e-action inviting members to sign an open letter to the UK Government that asks them to implement a full Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccination programme as recommended by Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI).
Repeated icons of megaphone with 'RSV' in a circle

As part of our ongoing influencing on this issue, we recently heard from the Secretary of State for Health who confirmed the government is considering implementing an RSV vaccination programme. Following successful clinical trials, the JCVI  met in June 2023 and agreed that a programme should be developed

The final decision is yet to be taken and we really need your support to highlight the difference an RSV vaccination programme could make. This is particularly important given any decision will also involve the HM Treasury. We also call for the Government to make clear how funding will be made available for vaccination programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

To make a material difference next in winter 2024/25 a vaccination programme needs to be operational as soon as possible. Our open letter will be sent to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Chancellor of the Exchequer after the Easter weekend.  

You can sign the letter here – it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.   

If you want to hear more, members of the College campaigns team will be at RCPCH Conference to discuss this and our wider campaigns work as we head towards the General Election. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact public.affairs@rcpch.ac.uk.