Angus mum blasts delay for son’s booster vaccinations

Jayden and his mum Lauren Macpherson
Jayden and his mum Lauren Macpherson

A Montrose mother “felt like a bad mum” because her son had his booster vaccinations two months late as he was on an NHS waiting list.

Lauren Macpherson said she was told that her 14-month-old son, Jayden, was in a queue for his injections and wasn’t deemed a priority.

According to the NHS website, babies should have the Hib/Men C vaccine, Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, neumococcal (PCV) vaccine and Men B vaccine when they are a year old.

Lauren said a team from Ninewells Hospital attends Links Health Centre every Monday to administer vaccinations, but she never received a letter to say Jayden was due his jabs and he only had them last week because she chased.

She added: “They are called booster jabs for a reason.

“I felt like a bad mum because he hadn’t had his jabs.

“My friend who is a nurse told me that the earliest they can have the jabs is at 12 months and one week and the earlier the better.”

Lauren inquired at her doctor’s surgery, Annat Bank, why Jayden hadn’t had a letter to say his vaccinations were due.

She said: “I was given a number to ring for Ninewells and was told he was in a queue and other babies were more of a priority right now, which I think is wrong. All children are a priority.”

Lauren went back to Annat Bank and the receptionist suggested she ring Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar, which sends out vaccination letters.

She was given a cancellation in Montrose for Jayden to have his jabs last Monday.

Lauren said: “How long would we have waited if I hadn’t chased it?”

She said she spoke to a school friend who also hadn’t received a letter to say her baby was due their vaccinations.

Lauren wants to make other parents aware that their child could be on a waiting list.

She said: “If they haven’t had a letter it could be because they are in a queue.”

An NHS Tayside spokesperson said: “As part of a national programme, we have embarked on a programme of transformational change and development within Health Visiting and School Nursing services.

“In preparation for the delivery of the refocused model and in anticipation of change within the new GP contract, NHS Tayside is developing an alternative immunisation delivery model.

“Since October, the Immunisation Team has been testing the model with a priority being to reduce waiting times in areas where queues have developed.

“Various options are currently being pursued with our GP partners in Montrose to accommodate additional clinic time.

“Any parent with concerns about their child’s immunisation should speak to their health visitor.”