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Pertussis vaccination programme


The pertussis vaccination programme was introduced in October 2012, following a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) for the implementation of a temporary Pertussis (pregnant women) vaccination programme. This was in response to an outbreak of infection that led to a number of infant deaths..

Purpose and outline

The purpose of the service specification is to enable NHS England to commission Pertussis in pregnant women immunisation services of sufficient quantity and quality to prevent infections and outbreaks.

The JCVI has advised that the Pertussis in pregnant women vaccination programme should be extended for at least 5 years. JCVI considered that immunisation could be offered at one of the routine antenatal appointments and that immunisation within weeks 16 to 32 of pregnancy is likely to be optimal. Immunisation within weeks 16 to 38 of pregnancy may ensure greater overlap between the period of maximal antibody levels and the period of trans-placental antibody transfer. Offering immunisation from 28 weeks would provide some protection to infants born prematurely, who may be particularly vulnerable to complications from pertussis.

How this service is commissioned and provided

NHS England Regional teams commission this service from GP practices.

NHS England service specifications

NHS Employers Vaccination and Immunisation requirements


Information about this service

Quality service start date: 1 April 2020

Quality service end date: 31 March 2021

Payment period: Monthly - May and June achievement will be paid in July

Collection frequency: Monthly

Manual or automatic entry: Automatic

Included in data collection: All system suppliers (TPP, INPS, Microtest and Emis)

Co-commissioning: No

Classification: Vaccination and immunisation programme

Service guides

Our service guides describe how to participate, manually enter and declare achievement for this service. Activity and achievement should be recorded on a monthly basis.

Payment count/clinical codes

Commissioners and practice should refer to our supporting business rules for information on management information counts and clinical codes.

Further information to support users can be found on the SNOMED CT Implementation in Primary Care site, including Codes to support Technical Requirements 18-19 -  a document providing appropriate Read v2 and CTV3 codes for SNOMED CT concept IDs.

Last edited: 11 April 2020 7:18 am