Parents and carers may be aware that the government has agreed that children aged between 5 and 11 who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immuno-suppressed should be offered two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Roll out to this group of children has commenced and parents have been contacted to arrange their vaccination appointment, also advising them they can access further information regarding the vaccination via the following link:- www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/parental-guides-for-covid-19
On the above page, there is also a guide produced by the UK Health Security Agency and the NHS
entitled: A guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years of age at high risk, which some
parents may find useful.
The Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that children aged 5-11 in
England will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April so parents can, if they want, take up the offer to increase protection against potential future waves of COVID-19 as we learn to live with this virus.
Locally, the NHS have commenced the planning to run bespoke family sessions at the main vaccination centres throughout the Easter holidays. They are also working with Local Authority leads to identify suitable additional community venues for outreach vaccination sessions, to ensure vaccinations are accessible to all families.
Vaccination centres will include community pharmacies, GP networks and existing large vaccination centres for the majority of eligible children. Children who attend SEND schools will
also have the opportunity of being vaccinated at school.
We will update you as further information becomes available.