Parents of five million children aged five to 11 will be able to book one Covid-19 vaccine for their children for the first time from Saturday, April 2nd.
Some vaccination centers offer therapy dogs, treasure hunts, and games for the children prior to their jab, with longer appointments for parents to discuss it with staff.
Children will receive a dose of Pfizer that is one-third the size of that given to them 12 years of age and older. There will be a follow-up plug 12 weeks later.
The offer was described as “non-urgent” by the health minister Sajid Javiden Covid-19 has a low risk of serious disease in children.
Parents can book appointments online at local medical clinics, hospitals and community centers, with the first appointments starting Monday, April 4th. They must give consent online and in person.
“Children without underlying health conditions have a low risk of serious Covid disease, and priority remains for the NHS to offer vaccines and spring boosters to adults and vulnerable young people, as well as to obtain other childhood vaccination programs.”
Dr. Nikki Kanani, a general practitioner and deputy head of the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Program, said: “Parents of nearly five million five- to 11-year-olds can book their infants into a vaccine and ensure they receive their first dose of protection. and help protect against potential future waves of Covid-19.
“Vaccines continue to be the best defense we have against the virus. My 13-year-old son has received his two vaccinations and I will book my 10-year-old daughter for her at the earliest opportunity.
“I would encourage all parents to read the available NHS information and consider doing the same.”