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COVID-19 vaccination for ‘at risk’ 5-11 year olds
Children at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection include those with:
· severe neuro disabilities
· immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well and those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed
· profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities
· being on the learning disability register
· those with Down’s syndrome
· those with long term serious conditions affecting their body. Your GP will know if they need to have the vaccine.
The vaccine is also recommended for those children living with people who have a weakened immune
system (who are immunosuppressed). This is to reduce the risk of them passing on the infection to
their family members.
Parents will be notified it their child/children fit the criteria and invited to attend for a vaccine.
COVID-19 BOOSTER CAMPAIGN
Government guidance is that Covid vaccination boosters should be given using Pfizer or Moderna vaccine even if the first vaccines given were Astra Zeneca.
This is considered to be completely safe and effective.
The only exception is where someone had an allergy to the Pfizer vaccine.
In this situation you should discuss this with your GP.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
“Booster vaccination eligibility has been expanded to include all adults aged 18 years and upwards.
Booster vaccination should not be given within three months of completion of the primary course.
“Severely immunosuppressed individuals who have completed their primary course (three doses) will be offered a booster dose with a minimum of three months between the third primary and booster dose.
Others eligible for a booster are:
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
For more information from the latest JCVI guidance, please click: here
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people:
All 12 to 15 years of age are eligible for two doses of the vaccine.
Children can get a 1st dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12.
Most children can get a 2nd dose from 12 weeks after they had their 1st dose.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19, they need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.
This starts from the date of their positive PCR test.
Young people aged 16 to 17 years of age who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19, should continue to be offered COVID-19 vaccination.
Persons who are immunosuppressed are at higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 and may not generate a full immune response to vaccination. JCVI advises that children and young people aged 12 years and over who are household contacts of persons (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed should be offered COVID-19 vaccination on the understanding that the main benefits from vaccination are related to the potential for indirect protection of their household contact who is immunosuppressed.
COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
In order to register for the NHS App, please contact the Surgery to firstly sign up for Patient Access (surgery on line platform).
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may take up to 5 days to reach you.
Due to recent changes in guidelines with reference to the AstraZeneca vaccine, please see the latest update and advice:
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the UK government on the use of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40.
In an Emergency
· Although very rare, if you experience a severe headache, unexplained bruising, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination, seek medical advice urgently.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It will give you the best protection against coronavirus but we must continue
with hands, face, space in the meantime…………..
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Please do not contact your practices or the NHS for a vaccination before then.
In line with Government guidelines, the roll out of the vaccine may impact on some primary care services but your Practice will still be operating for necessary healthcare.
WE ARE CONTINUING THE VACCINE ROLL OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT AND NHSE DIRECTIVES.
ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. YOU WILL BE CONTACTED DIRECTLY BY YOUR SURGERY WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN FOR A VACCINE. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY TO ASK FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
WE ASK YOU ALL TO BE VIGILANT………………
COVID-19 Vaccination scams what you need to know……………..
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
The vaccine is only available from the NHS and is being offered to people in priority groups. Vaccination is free and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
The NHS will never:
. Ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine.
. Never ask for payment or for your bank account or card details, to pay for a vaccine or to confirm your eligibility for the vaccine.
. Ask you for your PIN or banking password.
. Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. – At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine.
. Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills, bank account details or pay slips
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
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