6 April 2020

Why Have The RCVS Delayed Vaccinations?

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Claire Smith, Vet

Our governing body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), has seen how serious a threat COVID-19 is to our communities. Their view is that the risk of travelling to the surgery and risking human contact currently outweighs that of postponing your pet’s  vaccination. For this reason they have strongly recommended that all vets stop vaccinating animals for a period of time, and will be reviewing this guidance regularly.

With adult dogs and cats there is a grace period in which we believe that most dogs will have immunity for just over a year following a booster vaccine. This gives us a window in which we are able to delay the vaccine if the pet is otherwise ill or during exceptional circumstances such as these. When we are allowed to start vaccinations again, we will cover the cost of a full restart if you need one, so you will only pay for a booster as normal.

With puppies, we really appreciate how frustrating it is that you will need to keep them safe inside for longer whilst waiting for a vaccination. However, the current guidance (as of 6th April) of the RCVS to pause all vaccination really shows how serious the situation is. We already advise that cats stay inside until they are neutered and their vaccines are currently being delayed, in accordance with the guidelines. We are expecting the RCVS to release new guidance on primary course vacancies imminently, and will of course update you as soon as we receive this.

Insurance companies have assured owners that their policies will not be invalidated by lapsed vaccinations as they understand that this is a necessary step to protect everyone.

Thank you for your patience, we are doing all we can to support our community in this challenging time whilst keeping everyone safe. We are open 24/7 so please contact us with any questions.

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