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The Ministry of Health is planning to amend the vaccination calendar. “We want to change the current vaccination rhythm with the vaccination calendar from birth, 24 hours after birth to infancy. – Zbigniew Król, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced in an interview with the newseria.pl portal.
A novelty is that compulsory vaccinations can also be given to adults. This applies to people who have not received vaccination for a given disease in the past or have already lost their immunity. For example, it has been vaccinated against measles only since 1975. Due to the emerging outbreaks of this disease (also in Poland), a significant number of people may be exposed to the disease.
Additionally, GM wants to introduce pertussis vaccination for people aged 19 years. There are also plans to introduce a compulsory vaccine against rubella for all young men, as well as a vaccine against chickenpox for all. In addition, pneumococcal vaccination can be extended and mandatory HPV and rotavirus vaccination can be introduced.
Recall that in 2019, two major modifications were made to the vaccination calendar. The first change concerns the tuberculosis vaccine for newborns. Until now, it was administered in the first day of life of a child. Currently, vaccination takes place just before leaving the hospital.
The second modification relates to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). The second dose of the vaccine is currently administered at the age of 6 years and not at the age of 10 years, as before.
The GM will present proposals for a new vaccination calendar in June. It may take effect from 2020.