PARENTS can now have their children vaccinated against Covid from the age of five.
From today, Jab appointments are open for children aged between five and 11 in England after the booking system opened on Saturday.
Almost five million children are now eligible for the two-dose Covid vaccine.
The NHS has already vaccinated vulnerable five to 11 year olds with health problems.
Children are offered two shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at one-third the adult dose, at least 12 weeks apart.
Hundreds of sites will be offering jabs, according to NHS England, and more will be launched over the course of the week.
Most of the new appointments will be outside of school hours at local vaccination centers or community pharmacies and there will be walk-in clinics with times available on the NHS website.
NHS England said more dates will be added throughout the week so anyone who can’t get a suitable slot should keep trying.
Families receive a vaccination card with the name of the vaccine, batch number and the date of vaccination.
Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to read the patient and consent information prior to booking their child’s appointment and are asked to give their consent to their child’s vaccination on the day.
Calum Semple, Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool, told Sky News: “This is now a vaccine-preventable disease and the vaccine is safer than the disease.
“It is a very unpleasant disease for children. And if they have a compromised immune system, or live in a family where one member has a compromised immune system, the consequences can be devastating.
“So yes, I’m satisfied.”
Prof Semple, who advises the government as part of Sage, said the vaccine will reduce days lost through education.
dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy head of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “Parents can sign up their little ones for a vaccine to ensure they get their first protective dose and help protect against potential future waves of Covid-19 . 19
“Vaccines remain the best defense we have against the virus.
“I will be booking my 10-year-old daughter for her at the earliest opportunity and would encourage all parents to read the NHS information available and consider doing the same.”
Health and Welfare Minister Sajid Javid said: “Parents can, if they wish, accept the offer for their children to increase their protection against Covid as we learn to live with this virus.
“Children with no underlying health problems are at low risk of serious illness from Covid.
“The priority for the NHS remains to provide adults and vulnerable young people with vaccines and spring boosters, as well as catching up with other childhood immunization programmes.”
Spring boosters are also issued as part of the current vaccination program.
Currently, people over the age of 75 and people over the age of 12 with a health problem are invited.
Eligible individuals will receive an invitation once six months have passed since their first booster.
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https://www.the-sun.com/health/5045089/parents-can-book-five-11-year-olds-covid-vaccines/ Parents can now book children aged five and over for Covid vaccinations from TODAY