No child’s life should have a price put on it
£157million a year – against more than £1billion for protecting all children, with Brexsero costing the NHS £75 per dose. “Offering the vaccine outside of JCVI’s advice would not be cost effective, and would not therefore represent a good use of NHS resources,” a DoH statement said.
In response to the petition, the Government promised a report into the cost-effectiveness of vaccinations.
In February this year, after a two year delay – it was finally published, with Public Health and Primary Care minister Steve Brine saying it was unlikely to change the Government’s policy on meningitis B.
That came as little comfort to the Georgie and Bryan Hall, 44, the parents of six-year-old Oliver who died from meningitis B last year.
They have also thrown their backing behind the vaccination campaign. Mum Georgie, 38, of Halesworth, Suffolk, said: “It’s heartbreaking because it does make you feel like it’s putting a price on your child’s life. It is going to catch up with somebody else.” Mum-of-five Julie Tuckley, from Walsall, West Mids, also joined the campaign after her son Tommy, now seven, was given just a five per cent chance of survival after getting MenB at five months old in 2011.
He is still learning to live without both legs, one arm and the fingers on