Vaccines work. They have played a critical role in breaking the link between infection and severe outcomes, and we should express our gratitude to the scientists who developed life-saving vaccines against COVID-19 and to those who work tirelessly every day to roll out the programme at pace across the country.
Mary Ramsay is a Consultant Epidemiologist and Head of the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety department at UKHSA. She joined the then Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control (CDSC), Colindale as a Consultant in 1994 after training in Public Health Medicine and held an academic post at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School. She has been responsible for the national surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases since 1994 and since the move into PHE in 2013, has taken on additional responsibilities for the implementation of all vaccine programmes and the secretariat to the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. She is joint chief editor for the UK’s Immunisation against Infectious Disease (Green Book) and has been a temporary advisor to the WHO on immunisation policy.
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