Children aged 5 to 11 can now get booked for Covid-19 jabs

Children aged 5 to 11 can now get booked for Covid-19 jabs – at a third of their normal strength

  • Appointments for Monday onwards can be arranged by parents and carers
  • Hundreds of vaccine sites will offer jabs from Monday with more to come
  • Some five million children are eligible for the jabs- at a third of normal strength 

Bookings will today open for children aged five to 11 in England to get a Covid-19 jab.

Appointments for Monday onwards can be arranged by parents and carers through the NHS vaccines website or by calling 119 from 7am this morning.   

Hundreds of vaccine sites will offer jabs from Monday, with more coming on stream throughout the week, according to NHS England.    

Some five million children are eligible for the jab, following on from the success of the campaign to vaccinate vulnerable youngsters with health conditions.

The appointments will mostly be at local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours, and there will be walk-in clinics available, with timings on the NHS grab a jab website.   

Appointments for Monday onwards can be arranged by parents and carers through the NHS vaccines website or by calling 119 from 7am this morning (stock image)

More appointments will be added throughout the week so anyone unable to get a convenient slot should keep trying.   

The children will be offered two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, at least 12 weeks apart, at a third of the normal strength.   

Families will be given a vaccination record card with the name of the vaccine, batch number and the date the vaccine was given.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said: ‘From today, parents of almost five million five to 11-year-olds can book their little ones in for a vaccine, ensuring they get their first dose of protection and helping to protect against potential future waves of Covid-19.

‘Vaccines remain the best defence we have against the virus – my 13-year-old son has had his two vaccinations and I’ll be booking my 10-year-old daughter in for hers at the earliest opportunity, and would encourage all parents to read the NHS information available and consider doing the same.’

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: ‘From Monday, the NHS will be rolling out the non-urgent offer for Covid vaccines for all children aged five to 11 in England.

‘Parents, if they want, can take up the offer for their children to increase protection against Covid as we learn to live with this virus.

‘Children without underlying health conditions are at low risk of serious illness from Covid and the priority remains for the NHS to offer vaccines and spring boosters to adults and vulnerable young people, as well as to catch up with other childhood immunisation programmes.’

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