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Vaccines

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many MMR vaccines the Department of Health and Social Services has committed to purchasing for use in Northern Ireland for 2006-07 and 2007-08. (77375)

The Department of Health (London) purchases stocks of MMR vaccine under the national childhood vaccine contract to meet the needs of the entire UK vaccination programme. Northern Ireland participates in this national contract and HPSS trusts purchase supplies of MMR vaccine as required to meet local needs. Vaccine is purchased on a demand basis from UK stocks based on previous usage. Therefore Northern Ireland has not committed to purchase any firm quantity of MMR vaccine for 2006-07 and 2007-08 but will purchase vaccine to meet the needs of the vaccination programme.