JCVI updates advice on vaccinations for 5 to 11 age group

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation 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).

JCVI updates advice on vaccinations for 5 to 11 age group


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.




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