Parents will get information offering them the chance to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated.
Book an appointment online via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.
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Healthy 5 to 11 year olds
Healthy 5-11 year-old children with no underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric doses of the covid vaccine, which is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over, with at least 12 weeks between doses.
This follows on from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) recommendation that 5-11 year-olds be offered the covid vaccination, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of covid.
5 to 11 years at high risk
Children aged 5-11 who are in a clinical high risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed are now eligible for a first dose of the covid vaccine in line with advice set out by the JCVI. As a parent or guardian you will be contacted by your local NHS via a phone call or text and offered an appointment for your child.
Children will be offered the Pfizer vaccine. Each vaccine is a third of the dose that is given to older children and adults, and your child needs 2 doses usually 8 weeks apart.
Children at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection include those with:
• severe neurodisabilities
• immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well and those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed
• profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities
• being on the learning disability register
• those with Down’s syndrome
• those with long term serious conditions affecting their body. Your GP will know if they need to have the vaccine
The vaccine is also recommended for those children living with people who have a weakened immune system (who are immunosuppressed). This is to reduce the risk of them passing on the infection to their family members.
If your child has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
If your child has a confirmed COVID-19 infection and is not at high risk from COVID-19, they need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.
If they are at high risk, or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system, they should wait 4 weeks.
This starts from the date their symptoms started or the date of their positive test result, whichever was earlier.
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not had a test, they should wait until their symptoms are better before they get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can talk to a healthcare professional at the vaccination site about this.