Vaccines for young people
- Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds
The JCVI recommends that 5-11 year olds be offered the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of Covid-19.
From early April, you’ll be able to get your child vaccinated at a site and time convenient for you - at vaccination centres, pharmacies and GPs offering jabs for this age group. When booking opens you can view these sites and make an appointment through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.
Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over. If a child has had Covid-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.
For the latest information on the vaccination programme: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/cov...
- Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
12-15 year olds are now eligible for a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination. Some 12-15 year olds are eligible for a Booster if they have a condition which means they are at higher risk from Covid-19.
Getting the vaccine will:
Help to protect children and young people against Covid-19. While most children infected usually have mild symptoms, they can pass their infection on to others in the family and those they come into contact with.
Protect against the long-term effects of ‘long Covid’ which has side effects such as extreme fatigue and weakness.
Help reduce the chance of disruption to their education from Covid-19 and, as Easter and the summer approach, you should be aware that many countries insist on childhood Covid-19 vaccination for travel.
You can book a vaccination here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/...
Or find a walk in site here: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/cov...
COVID support for children and young people with SEND
If you are self-isolating or diagnosed with coronavirus and you have concerns about care for your child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) while you're unwell, contact the Croydon Council Children With Disabilities duty teams. The phone lines are answered between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Resources for Parent Carers
Contact, including information about schooling, health and social care issues.
Council for Disabled Children, which has helpful information for parents of clinically vulnerable children.
IPSEA, covering guidance for SEND provision.
Mencap, for people with a learning disability and their families, including easy read guides.
Resources for Children
Nurse Dotty Books, books for children about coronavirus.