The just-ended nationwide Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination roll out could end up in the regular national immunization schedule, a health official said Monday.Ministry of Health spokesperson Doreen Motshegwa said judging by the success of the just-ended HPV vaccinations, the ministry might be forced to add it to the regular immunization schedule.
“After the second round of vaccination we will see where we have gaps so we learn from them. Maybe after that the HPV vaccination may be added to the routine yearly immunisation schedule,” Motshegwa explained.
In the first roll out, the HPV vaccine was administered to school going and out of school girls between 9 and 12 years to curb the cervical cancer causing virus.
The second roll out will be done in September this year.