West Essex Covid-19 Vaccination Walk-in Centres
Vaccine information for young people
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all children over 5 years of age (Children aged 5-11 are via booked appointments only).
Having the vaccine has been shown to boost immunity and increase protection against any future waves of COVID-19 and helps children stay in school, catch up on the things they love to do and spend time with family and friends.
Below is some information for you to make an informed choice should you decide to get your child vaccinated.
From Saturday 2nd April:
COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds
Parents and carers can book the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 years of age.
How to book - Call 119 or online National Booking System
Where - Appointments will take place in larger vaccination centres and some GP-run sites.
Note: From 11th April some community pharmacies will also be offering booked appointments.
Family appointments – Larger vaccination centres will also offer appointments for the whole family. Offering children the opportunity of getting vaccinated with their parents/guardians.
Clinically vulnerable 5- 11 year-olds - Vaccinations are already available for clinically vulnerable 5-11 year-olds, or those who live with someone who has a weakened immune system, from GPs and special educational needs schools. From 2 April, parents and carers - can also access COVID-19 vaccination appointments online National Booking Service or call 119.
As of 11 March 2022, children aged 12 to 15 years old who are most at risk from COVID, including those who are severely immunosuppressed and with underlying health conditions, can now book in their booster online.
The national booking service has been updated so that the most vulnerable in this cohort can quickly and easily book in a booster jab when they become eligible.
The following are good sources of information for both parents and young people:
COVID-19 vaccination programme for young people: guidance for parents
Information on the vaccine for young people and their parents from Public Health England
Coronavirus vaccine to be offered to children aged 12-15 in UK
Information produced by BBC Newsround
A leaflet, 'A guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years of age at high risk', is also available to download. An accessible version can also be requested.
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