The free human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) program in Europe, offered from August 2012 until the end of 2013, saw the percentage of those who got the vaccine skyrocket from 17 percent to a whopping 75 percent.
The increase was most notable among immigrants and their descendants, the Danish Ministry of Health's Statens Serum Institut (SSI) reported. The percentage of women from ethnic minority groups who received the vaccine, however, still was low.
The free vaccinations were offered to females born between 1985 and 1992.
Results documented in a recent study by the SSI included vaccinations given before, as well as during the program. Vaccinations given before the program were prescribed by a physician and were subject to payment.
HPV vaccinations in immigrants had a low starting point, at just three percent. The percentage remained low throughout the program, with just 41 percent of female immigrants receiving the vaccine in comparison to 68 percent for descendants of immigrants and 84 percent for Danish-born females with two Danish-born parents.
As a result of this data, the SSI recommended extra effort be taken to reach ethnic minority groups when offering future vaccination programs.