Sun | Feb 25, 2018

Health Ministry seeks to increase HPV vaccine take-up, reviewing public-education campaign

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 10:42 AM

The Ministry of Health is reporting that only 22 per cent of the girls targeted to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have so far received it.

The Ministry began administering the vaccine in October 2017 and to date 5,009 girls of the target population of 22,500 have been inoculated.

Those girls are set to begin receiving the second dose of the vaccine by April.

The $100-million HPV programme is being undertaken by the Government to protect girls against cervical cancer.

The disease takes the lives of hundreds of women in the country per year and hundreds of thousands more worldwide.

The vaccine is being administered to girls between ages nine and 14 and is free of cost.

It is not mandatory.

Meanwhile, the Ministry says it will be reviewing its public-education campaign in order to achieve greater take-up of the HPV vaccine.