Top NHS doctor encourages parents to book children in for COVID jab during half-term

Top NHS doctor encourages parents to book children in for COVID jab during half-term

Parents can book COVID-19 vaccinations for their children online with appointments available over the half-term, the NHS has said, as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues.

NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard confirmed this week that bookings would open up to children, with the online booking system opening up on Friday as an additional way to get protected over half-term and beyond.

There are almost one hundred sites offering jabs to 12 – 15 year olds with hundreds more expected to join them in the coming weeks.

From tomorrow, just over 2.5 million letters will begin land with parents and guardians of 12 -15-year-olds inviting them to book a vaccination online through the National Booking Service.

The booking service will provide an additional option for parents to book a vaccine for their child, alongside the schools’ programme which has already vaccinated nearly half a million young people and visited thousands of schools.

If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS vaccine programme, said: “Millions of parents will be receiving letters from tomorrow inviting their children to get a COVID vaccine through the National Booking Service – this provides an additional way for 12- to 15-year-olds to get their vaccine following the rollout in schools that has seen more than a half million vaccinated already.

“With October half-term upon us, it’s a convenient time for parents to book to get their children vaccinated and protected.

“If parents have already received their vaccine or been invited through their school then they do not need to do anything.

“The decision to get vaccinated has always been a private choice between a child and their parent or guardian – my 13-year-old son received his vaccine at school on the same day I had my booster dose in a local pharmacy. I would urge families to look at the information together and then book in to give children and their loved ones crucial protection ahead of winter”.

To read more, visit the NHS England news webpage.


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