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JCVI updates advice on vaccinations for 5 to 11 age group - February 2021
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its vaccination advice for children aged 5 to 11, with a view to increasing protection against potential future waves of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Although this age group is generally at very low risk of serious illness from the virus, a very small number of children who get infected do develop severe disease.
Latest evidence suggests that offering the vaccine ahead of another potential wave will protect this very small number of children from serious illness and hospitalisation – and will also provide some short-term protection against mild infection across the age group.
In December, the JCVI recommended the vaccine be offered to at-risk 5 to 11 year olds – the rollout of which officially began at the beginning of February.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England will advise on their plans for operationalising the latest JCVI recommendations in due course.
Parents are urged not to contact the NHS until further details have been set out.
More information can be found on the gov.uk website.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised that 5 to 11-year-olds who are either in a clinical risk group or are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed should be offered two 10 micrograms doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with a minimum interval of eight weeks. This means around half a million children will soon be invited to take up their jab, nationwide.
The JCVI has set out criteria for determining who should be offered vaccination within this group and clinicians will be responsible for identifying children in their care who are eligible.
Information on eligibility can be found in the Green Book, chapter 14a in the section on children aged 5-11 years and tables 3 and 4.
How will I know if my child is eligible?
- GPs and hospital specialists have been asked to identify 5 to 11-year-olds who are eligible. For children eligible as a household contact, we will write directly to the person who is immunosuppressed.
- Parents and guardians will be notified if their child should get the vaccine and told how they can book an appointment. The NHS will be in touch in the coming weeks if your child is eligible, so it’s important that parents wait to hear from us and do not contact their GP.
Where will children get vaccinated?
- Most children will get vaccinated at a site run by local GPs, a hospital or a specialist children’s centre. In cases where this isn’t possible, local arrangements will be in place with community pharmacies, vaccination hubs, housebound teams and in some cases at special schools.
- Vaccination services have been asked to make preparations to vaccinate this cohort and consider necessary reasonable adjustments to accommodate their needs on an individual basis, to ensure children and their families have a positive experience.
Frequently asked questions
- Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions webpage for a series of FAQs to help you in making an informed decision about the Coronavirus vaccine.
- Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Updates page to find out the latest news and updates about the Vaccination Programme in Surrey Heartlands.
Covid-19 Vaccination Resources
For a range of helpful resources, including information in community languages, research, videos and much more, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Resources webpage.
A series of resources specific to booster vaccinations can be found following this link on the gov.uk website.