8. The wider vaccination programme in Scotland
The Scottish Immunisation Programme (SIP) has supported the successful delivery of vaccination programmes in Scotland for a number of years, providing the people of Scotland with protection against many vaccine preventable diseases.
Our wider vaccination programmes ensure that the people of Scotland receive their immunisations at the right age to provide maximum protection – from the first immunisation appointment, scheduled at two months of age, continuing through the teenage years and throughout adulthood, and in pregnancy to protect both mothers and their babies.
These programmes are continually kept under review, informed by the recommendations of the JCVI, and adapted to ensure the continued success of all programmes.
Beyond winter, we will continue to develop these programmes further, ensuring that they are aligned to support future vaccination services, protect public health, and are delivered in a fair and equitable way. We will continue to work collaboratively towards the elimination of Measles by 2030, develop a deeper understanding of barriers to accessing vaccination services and work with partners on all programmes to ensure that we deliver our World Class Vaccination programme that continues to meet the needs of the people of Scotland.