Updated guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5-11 at high risk

Feb 24, 2022 | COVID-19, News, Newsletter

Children aged 5-11 who are at serious risk of complications from COVID-19 can now be offered a COVID vaccination through their GP.

Who is eligible?

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.

All these children and young people who are aged 5 to 11 years of age should have the COVID-19 vaccinations.

About the vaccine

Children will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Each vaccine is a third of the dose of vaccine that is given to older children and adults.

Your child needs 2 injections of the vaccine usually 8 weeks apart.

Knowing if your child should have a vaccine

Your GP (family doctor) or specialist should advise you about the COVID-19 vaccinations for your child.

Some parents may receive a letter, or a phone call to invite them for to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated.

You can find out more about vaccinations for this group on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-aged-5-to-11-years/a-guide-for-parents-of-children-aged-5-to-11-years-of-age-at-high-risk

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