Public Health are requesting that all schools promote the COVID-19 vaccination that is locally available in the community for all children aged between 5-11 years. The COVID-19 vaccination should reduce the severity of symptoms, protect them against serious illness and passing it onto others.
For most children, this will involve two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 12 weeks apart. The vaccine reduces children’s risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. Children can get vaccinated:
- By booking an appointment online at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- By attending a walk-in centre (no appointment needed)
Second doses are available to book from 24 hours after the child’s first dose – children will be offered appointments in 12 weeks’ time. Further information about the COVID-19 vaccination can be found on the NHS website.
The NHS has also put together a short story aimed at young children going to get their vaccine. This leaflet can be found on this page
Public Health have put together a Covid-19 vaccine template that schools can use for communications with parents/guardians to assist with increasing uptake which can also be found on the website.