Children aged between 12 and 15 years old in the Black Country have been invited to have their coronavirus vaccine.
So far, Covid-19 vaccines for young people have been delivered in schools by local School Age Immunisation Services. However, today’s announcement gives parents and guardians an additional option, particularly for those wishing to get their child vaccinated during half term.
This latest phase of the vaccination rollout will allow pupils who are home-schooled or were off school when vaccines were delivered to get protected.
Consent will be completed by a health professional at the site on the day, and a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be given.
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The main aim of the COVID-19 school age vaccination programme is to provide protection to the children who receive the vaccine, as well as helping to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population.
“We’re now expanding the service to include the opportunity to get vaccinated inside or outside of school, making it easier and more convenient for children to get a vaccination, especially over the half-term break.
“It’s quite normal for parents to have questions or even concerns, so I would encourage families to have a conversation about vaccination together, and use information from trusted sources such as the NHS or your local council to help you make a decision.
“The offer of a vaccination is evergreen, so any parent who previously declined to give consent but has changed their mind, is welcome to bring their child along any time.”
Parents and guardians of 12-15-year-olds will receive a letter over the coming weeks, inviting them to book a vaccine via the National Booking System online or by calling 119.
If a child has already been invited through their school, parents don’t need to act on their invite unless they prefer to get their child vaccinated outside of school.
BirminghamLive is supporting the vaccination rollout – vaccines have been vigorously tested and are recognised as the only way to protect our region from Covid-19 and get all our businesses open again safely.
But you may have questions still. You can ask your doctor and also dedicated websites have been set up by Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and its partner CCG in Black Country and West Birmingham with everything you might want to ask about the local vaccination rollout.
If you want to book a vaccine appointment, visit the NHS vaccines website here.
We hope these other useful links will help you make health decisions for you and your family.
Children do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The NHS has also been vaccinating 16-17-year olds with a single dose since the start of August, and anyone in this age group who is not yet vaccinated is still being encouraged to come forward.
Earlier this month, the NHS encouraged pregnant women to get the vaccine as data showed that nearly one in five of the most critically ill COVID patients were unvaccinated pregnant women.
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