Experiences of childhood immunisations during Covid-19

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bradford undertook a survey about childhood immunisations during the Covid-19 pandemic as they had heard that local immunisation figures were lower than the previous year.  Sixty two people responded to the survey between August and October.

Nearly three quarters said that the Covid-19 pandemic had not affected the likelihood of them taking their children to be immunised.

Three in ten parents said their children had received a vaccination during lockdown.  Just over one in ten said they didn’t take their child to be vaccinated – because the appointment was postponed, due the pandemic or for other reasons. Only 5% said they would not be happy for their children to have their childhood immunisation vaccinations at this stage of the pandemic.

Over three quarters would be most comfortable taking their child to have their vaccinations at the medical centre or GP surgery.  Respondents had received information about child immunisations from a variety of sources.

Nearly two thirds said that if a Covid-19 vaccine was to be approved for children they would be happy for their child to receive it.  Just over one in ten said they wouldn’t.

 People reported a mixed range of responses about the process of  booking vaccinations.

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General details

Report title 
Experiences of childhood immunisations during Covid-19
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bradford
Date of publication 
Thursday, 7 January, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 August, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 31 October, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Communication between staff and patients
Consent to care and treatment
Health protection
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers
GP practice

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
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Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.