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Westminster’s health hubs take aim at low MMR vaccination rates

  • March 21, 2024
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Westminster’s health hubs take aim at low MMR vaccination rates

Across the borough, Westminster City Council’s public health service is partnering with its colleagues in NHS North West London (NWL) to organise new pop up health hubs on a more regular basis for residents to get access to free health advice and offer opportunities to vaccinate children against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). This comes amidst reports of measles cases rising, both nationally and in the capital.

Monthly pop-up services situated in local libraries and community spaces across the borough will offer free vaccinations and immunisations, as well as health checks for adults such as blood pressure and general health advice. With no appointment necessary, the walk-in sessions are aimed at making it easier for residents to get their children vaccinated.

Despite a rise from last year, only 74% of children in Westminster have received two doses of MMR. Nationally, NHS data suggests that a quarter of children have not had both doses of MMR, falling short of their target of 95%. These walk-in pop ups will therefore offer residents a convenient opportunity to speak with qualified health professionals and allay any worries or misconceptions around child vaccinations.

Alongside this, the council says it is making it easier for residents to access information to turn the tide on rising cases of measles amongst their youngest citizens. Dedicated online resources can now be translated into over 100 different languages and collated in one place to make it easy for residents. Additionally, collaboration between schools, leisure centres, family hubs and voluntary organisations offer a joined-up approach to encourage resident to take up the opportunity for vaccinations.

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