After up to 800 meningitis cases were reported in London, the city’s Conservative MP, James Cleverly, has asked Speaker John Bercow whether the facility will require a letter from a parent to prove that the child’s parent is on board with vaccinations for the disease.
Mr. Cleverly asked Speaker Bercow to direct the House Secretary, Alistair Burt, to make sure the department provides all parents who can show proof of vaccination in the case of a vaccination exemption, including vaccinating against shingles.
“There will be people concerned that vaccinations should not be required,” Mr. Cleverly told the Speaker. “I would like to know if that is the case, that in extreme cases or in circumstances where the employee cannot vaccinate their child.”
The House Secretary agreed with Mr. Cleverly’s request and replied that “the Department will, of course, issue a letter in the event of an exemption, to all parents who feel that they would like to do so.”
The Department for Health and Social Care said in a statement that they take vaccination priority very seriously and get them for all children. “The Government responds to outbreaks by vaccinating children in their areas of potential risk, including where they are presenting with symptoms themselves or have family or friends with these symptoms,” a spokesman said.