Vaccinations for children

Many people have concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people. There is so much in the press that it can be confusing to know what is happening and who can be vaccinated.

With Spain and other EU countries imposing vaccine requirement for children and then changing their minds its a minefield. Here we tell you the facts as to which children are being offered the vaccine and when.

Why should children get vaccinated?

Below is the current UK Governments view

Vaccines remain our best weapon against this virus. By getting vaccinated, children and young people can increase their protection against Covid-19.

Being vaccinated minimises the need for children and young people to have time-off school and college and helps them to continue to carry out their hobbies, attend social events and live their lives to the full. It therefore supports their emotional wellbeing and happiness.

While most children infected usually have mild symptoms from COVID-19 some may go on to develop more serious symptoms including ‘long Covid’. Doctors are still learning about these long-term effects but we know that vaccination helps to protect against these risks.

Which children and young people are eligible for vaccinations?

All young people aged 12 and over are eligible for two doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

Those aged 12 to 15 who are at higher clinical risk, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, are also being offered a booster dose. The first two doses should be eight weeks apart, followed by a booster from three months (91 days) after second dose.

Children aged 5 to 11 year who are at higher clinical risk, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, are also now eligible for two 10 microgram doses of the Pfizer vaccine 8 weeks apart.. If your child is eligible your local NHS team will be in touch. For more information you can read the guide for parents here: COVID-19 vaccination guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years; and the recent announcement hereNHS expands COVID vaccinations to the most vulnerable 5 to 11 year olds.

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