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S5W-04716: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what estimates it has made of the likely impact of providing the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to boys as well as girls.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 23 November 2016

The Scottish Government is advised on all vaccination matters by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The JCVI recognises the importance of ongoing assessment of HPV vaccination for boys and agreed that further work was required to consider the vaccination of adolescent boys against HPV. Modelling work to look at the impact and cost effectiveness of such a programme is currently being undertaken by Public Health England and is expected to report in early 2017. Following this, and once all the necessary evidence is available, the JCVI will begin its deliberations on extending the HPV vaccination programme to adolescent boys.

The Scottish Government will of course carefully consider any future recommendations made by the JCVI on HPV vaccination.