Dr Maggie Wearmouth

GPwSI Paediatrics and previous member of the JCVI (2012-2022)

Dr Maggie Wearmouth qualified at Leeds School of Medicine. Having gained higher qualifications in both Paediatrics and General Practice, she pursued a career in acute and community paediatrics, working as a paediatric consultant for 20 years. She later developed a portfolio career, studying for a Masters Degree in Medical Ethics and Law with a specific academic interest in the Ethics of Childhood Vaccination. She has undertaken a variety of roles including teaching Medical Ethics to undergraduates, working as an out of hours GP and serving as a paediatric expert witness. 

She served on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation from 2012-22, advising government immunisation policy. This included editorial overview of the Immunisation “Green Book”, covering all aspects of vaccine preventable infections including influenza and RSV. Decision making about the annual influenza vaccination programme was one of the main pre pandemic roles of the JCVI. 

During the COVID pandemic she undertook regular media representation and co authored the ethical advice framework for JCVI regarding COVID vaccination in children and young people.

She was a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Ethics and Law Advisory Committee 2012-2015 and ran a multidisciplinary Child Health and Law Special Interest Group until 2023. Most recently she has worked as a part time GP with a special interest in paediatrics and child mental health whilst serving the entire age range of patients.