The Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) programme monitors immunisation coverage data for children in the UK who reach their first, second or fifth birthday during each evaluation quarter.
Vaccination coverage statistics are prepared each quarter from the Northern Ireland Child Health System.
Vaccination coverage for the completed primary vaccination programme is assessed when the child is 12 and 24 months of age. Children are routinely scheduled at 2, 3 and 4 months of age for diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B vaccine (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB or hexavalent vaccine) which replaced the DTaP/IPV/Hib (pentavalent) vaccine from autumn 2017, rotavirus vaccine at 2 and 3 months and Meningococcal B (MenB) and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) at 2 and 4 months of age.
A booster dose of Hib and MenC (given as a combined Hib/MenC vaccine), MenB and PCV vaccine is scheduled at around 12 to 13 months, and first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination.
Children are scheduled to receive preschool (aged 3-5 years), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DTaP/IPV) booster vaccine and second dose MMR vaccine. Therefore, vaccine coverage is also measured at the child's fifth birthday.
Data March 2021
School based vaccination
HPV Immunisation Programme
In the UK, all 12-13 year old girls are offered HPV vaccination through the national HPV immunisation programme. From September 2008 until August 2012 the programme used the bivalent HPV vaccine (CervarixTM, GlaxoSmithKline) that protects girls against infection with HPV 16 and 18 (associated with over 70% of cervical cancers in the UK). From September 2012, 12-13 year old girls are offered the quadrivalent vaccine (Gardasil, Sanofi Pasteur MSD) which protects against types 16 and 18 and also against types 6 and 11 (associated with the majority of genital warts). From September 2014 the programme changed from a three to a two dose schedule. From September 2019 the HPV vaccination programme has been offered to boys aged 12-13 years old.
Annual HPV vaccination coverage statistics are prepared from the Northern Ireland child Health System.
PHE HPV data.
Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine in pregnancy programme
In October 2012, the pertussis vaccine in pregnancy programme commenced as an emergency response to a national outbreak. Boostrix-IPV® (which contains diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and inactivated polio antigens – DTaP/IPV) is now offered from 16 weeks of gestation until delivery.
In August 2017, uptake of pertussis vaccine in pregnancy has been monitored with data extracted from the Northern Ireland Maternity Administrative System (NIMATS), a regional electronic information system that records maternal and neonatal information at delivery.
Monthly and financial year vaccination coverage statistics:
Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine in pregnancy coverage:
Vaccine uptake is calculated as a percentage and = numerator / denominator x 100
- Numerator = the number of women living in the named Local Commissioning Group (LCG) location at delivery* that received the pertussis vaccine after 16 weeks gestation
- Denominator = the number of women living in the named Local Commissioning Group (LCG) location at delivery* who delivered in any LCG after 24 weeks gestation (live and still births) during the reporting period
Local Commissioning Group (LCG) location* is the woman’s area of residence which is obtained by mother’s postcode at delivery.
PHE Pertussis vaccine in pregnancy coverage data