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Explains why 5 to 11 year olds are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine

First published:
17 February 2022
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Why are 5-11 year olds being offered the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now recommended vaccinating children aged five to 11 not considered to be at clinical risk. 

They consider on balance there are positive benefits to vaccination. The intention is to increase this group's immunity in advance of any further outbreaks. 
 

Which vaccine will be offered?

The vaccine offered will consist of two 10 mcg doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Paediatric COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®). There should be an interval of at least 12 weeks between doses. 

Consent

A parent or guardian should go with their child during vaccination. 

More age appropriate information in various formats is available on the Public Health Wales website, so an informed decision can be made on whether to take the vaccine.

Children, young people and their parents and carers are also urged to consider, if not done so already, other childhood immunisation programmes, so children are fully immunised to protect them from other potentially serious diseases, such as measles and meningitis.

How will 5-11 year olds receive their vaccine appointment?

Parents or guardians will receive an appointment from their local Health Board. There is work in train to ensure the necessary immunisation and clinical guidance is in place, before health boards will be ready to implement.

Delivery of the vaccine will be primarily administered through vaccination centres, as children will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

There is no age priority within the JCVI advice, which makes it easier for eligible siblings to be vaccinated at the same time.

You do not need to contact your health board unless you need to rebook.  

Please do not contact your GP to ask about vaccination appointments.

5 to 11 year olds with health conditions / living in a Immunosuppressed households.

The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to children aged 5 to 11 years who have health conditions that put them at risk from the virus, or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed. All eligible children will receive an invitation from their health board.

self-referral form for household contacts is also available for parents /guardians to complete to let health boards know that their child will need an appointment.