The NHS is now inviting parents and kids to grab a jab at a local COVID-19 drop-in clinic ahead of the Easter holidays to help avoid any disruption to plans due to illness.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all children aged 5 and over in Liverpool – simply find a local drop-in session or book an appointment at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119.
Children aged 5 to 11 are being offered two smaller 10mcg doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with the second dose available 12 weeks after the first for most children.
However, children with a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19 or who live with someone who has a weakened immune system can get a second dose from 8 weeks after their first.
Local health professionals are keen to assure parents that giving this COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people is safe, effective, and offers a number of important benefits.
Nathan Askew, Chief Nursing Officer at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital said:
“COVID-19 is usually mild in children, but it can make some children very unwell. Vaccinating children can reduce the risk of COVID infection to your child, and to others around them too.
“Because of this, we’d strongly urge parents and families to grab the jab before the Easter weekend, particularly if you’re planning any family gatherings with grandparents or other relatives who might be more vulnerable to COVID-19.”
He added, “Getting one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will give good protection against your child and other family members getting seriously ill, but two doses is even better as it gives stronger and longer-lasting protection against both current and future COVID-19 variants.”
Alder Hey are holding weekend vaccination clinics, with both pre-bookable and walk-in appointments available as follows:
Next Date: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th April
Time: Drop in any time between 9am – 4pm
At: Institute in the Park, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Eaton Road, L12 2AP
Alternatively, you can find a full list of local drop-in clinics across the city which are offering vaccines for 5-11s here.
You can also find pre-bookable appointments for 5-11s at www.nhs.uk - if you can’t find one near to where you live, please keep checking back as more appointments will be added as more vaccine supply become available.
For more information on children’s vaccines, go to: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-for-children/