Redbridge Council is asking parents to continue vaccinating their infant children despite the pandemic as the virus “doesn’t affect babies in the same way”.
Advice issued by Public Health England states childhood immunisations for diseases like mumps and measles should still take place while the country is in lockdown.
GP surgeries are currently prioritising vaccinations, including those in pregnancy and pneumococcal vaccinations for the over-65s to protect them from meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis.
Gladys Xavier, director of public health at Redbridge Council, said: “We completely understand that parents might be reluctant to get their children vaccinated during the pandemic.
“However, it’s essential these immunisations still go ahead. They can protect them against a wide range of serious diseases so these appointments should remain a top priority.
“Fortunately, the evidence we’ve seen so far indicates that COVID-19 doesn’t affect babies in the same way that it does with adults.
“Doctors’ surgeries have also put in place appropriate measures to reduce any risks of parents becoming infected when they attend.”
Doctors have warned that normally rarer infections such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough could surge once lockdown is lifted if vaccinations are missed.
Measles, a more infectious disease than coronavirus, reappeared in the UK last year due to a fall in MMR immunisation, meaning London and other parts of the country are already at risk of an outbreak.