Information from GHC - covid vaccinations for children.
Gloucestershire Health & Care Foundation Trust have asked us to circulate the following information:
COVID vaccines: how to access first or second doses for children aged 5-17
It isn’t too late for children to access a COVID vaccination if they haven’t already completed their course.
Children are eligible for:
- First or second dose – Children aged 5 to 11 (paediatric dose Pfizer)
- First or second doses – Children aged 12-17 (Pfizer)
- Third primary dose – Children aged 5-11 who are severely immunocompromised (paediatric dose Pfizer – 8 weeks after second dose), anyone aged 12+ who is severely immunocompromised (Pfizer – 8 weeks after second dose)
- Autumn booster - Children aged 5-11 who are severely immunocompromised or household contact of someone immunocompromised (paediatric dose Pfizer – at least 3 months after previous dose), anyone aged 12-17 who is severely immunocompromised or household contact of someone immunocompromised (Pfizer – at least 3 months after previous dose)
*children aged 5-15 inclusive must wait 12 weeks after a COVID-19 infection to get a vaccination
**people aged 16 or over must wait four weeks after a COVID-19 infection to get a vaccination
To access a vaccination, contact your GP Practice for advice on how to book an appointment at a local vaccination centre, use the national booking system to get an appointment at a community pharmacy or the JabVan at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or call 119), or look out for drop-in clinics on the local COVID information portal.
Please make sure to carefully check eligibility before taking your child to a drop-in clinic; depending on their age they may only have specific vaccines which will not always be available at every clinic.
More information about the COVID vaccines for children and young people is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people.