Please see website www.nhs.uk/planners/vaccinations for up to date guidance on vaccines.
Guidance for childhood immunisation
If your child is scheduled for an immunisation course parental permission will be required to complete the course. This means that a person with parental responsibility must give approval for the immunisation; this can be done in four ways:
- By attending the immunisation appointment with your child
- By providing access for the nurse to contact the parent for a phone call during the appointment
- By prior discussion with the Practice Nurse
- By providing a signed letter giving consent.
The person(s) with parental responsibility are:
The child’s mother
The child’s father if married to the mother
- A legally appointed guardian
- The local authority if the child is covered with a care order
- A person named in a resident’s order in respect of the child
- A father who is not married to the child’s mother will only have parental responsibility if there is an appropriate court order, or if the father is named on the child’s birth certificate.
(Proof of legal responsibility may be requested prior to immunisations)
Failure to provide permission from an appropriate person with parental responsibility will mean the immunisation will not be administered.
Please note grand parents DO NOT have parental responsibility unless they have been appointed as a legal guardian; proof will be required before immunisation can be administered.
To help our immunisation clinics run smoothly we appreciate your assistance in this matter.