On Monday 11 April, The NHS announced that they will begin to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to 5 to 11-year-olds.
Almost five million children in this age group are eligible for two doses of the vaccine following updated JCVI guidance, which recommended children can benefit from a non-urgent offer of the vaccine. Since the NHS National Booking System opened for families of 5- to 11-year-olds to book a COVID vaccine, 37,000 have already booked an appointment.
With some schools having already broken up for the Easter break, hundreds of sites across Tower Hamlets will be providing vaccinations. You can book an appointment for your child through Tower Hamlets Council’s website here or simply drop into your local vaccination centre or community pharmacy here. Outside of school hours are also available.
NHS staff, including the GP Care Group, have already been vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 who have medical conditions that put them at increased risk from COVID-19 or who live with someone with a weakened immune system.