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First vaccinations turned into fun day for young children

Date: 22/02/2022 | Category: CCG News

COVID-19 vaccinations for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) children and household contacts aged 5 to 11 years were delivered at Priory House last week and those attending were greeted by some of their favourite cartoon characters.

To create a welcoming environment for those attending for their first COVID-19 vaccinations, staff carrying out the jabs ensured that activities including colouring books, stickers and fun characters were on hand for those attending.  Vaccination areas have been redecorated to make them appear less clinical and staff have adapted their clinical uniforms so they are more welcoming  to children.

In December 2021, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) issued new vaccination advice for children and young people.  This guidance said that children aged 5 to 11, who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed, should be offered a primary course of vaccination.

Parents may have received a national letter informing them that their child is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.  Parents will now receive an invitation from either their GP or from NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group to attend a clinic near them.  The children’s dose is different to the adult dose and only certain clinics can offer this vaccination.

Clinics will either be in a large vaccination centre, GP surgery (which might not be their own GP), community pharmacy or a pop-up site operated by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

Supplies of this specialised vaccine will only be available to a few clinics at a time. So if your preference of site is not available please keep checking as we will be adding new appointments at each of the vaccination centres.

Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme at BLMK CCG said: “We absolutely know that the COVID-19 vaccines give the public significant protection against severe illness from COVID.  This includes the omicron variant; and because of this it is incredibly important that our youngest and those most at-risk get protected.

“I’m pleased to confirm that across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, the NHS is now vaccinating those most at risk 5-11 year olds; and in doing so we are ensuring they get their vital dose of protection.

“Across the country, thousands of young people are still getting protected every day with millions vaccinated so far and we are asking parents not to delay coming forward – as soon as the NHS contacts you, please come forward so the NHS can protect their youngest against the virus.”

Anyone who has any questions or concerns can contact: [email protected] who will direct the query to the vaccination team.

Issues accessing the service

Anyone who has issues accessing the service, either the clinic or the times offered, can contact [email protected] who will work to find an alternative.

Further information

To find out about eligibility and who is classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable visit the Government’s COVID-19 information.