Shropshire Council

Covid vaccinations for children

24 May 2022 Last updated at 11:26

Parents and carers of children aged five to 11 years urged to get their child vaccinated to boost immunity against any future waves of Covid-19.

Parents and carers of five to 11-year olds living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being reminded that their child can now get a 1st and 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, following recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Children of this age are given the doses 12 weeks apart, or 8 weeks if they are at high risk from Covid-19 or if they live with someone with a weakened immune system.

The vaccine is safe and has been tested and trialled around the world, it will boost your child’s immunity and increase protection against any future waves of Covid-19.

The majority of vaccines for five to 11 year olds take place at local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours and are available to book through the online booking service or by calling 119. All local walk-in clinics in are promoted via the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) website here.

Parents or guardians should attend the appointment to give their consent.

Dr Charlotte Hart, a GP and also Clinical Director for Shrewsbury Primary Care Network (PCN), is encouraging parents and carers to book a vaccine appointment as soon as they can.

She said: “Getting vaccinated is important for your child and all the family.

“Not only will it help to protect your child from serious illness, it will also mean that other members of the family are protected, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable as well as parents, grandparents, siblings and other loved ones.

“The Covid-19 vaccination programme has made a huge impact on the way we are able to live our lives compared to the previous couple of years.

“I would encourage any parent or guardian of children in this age group to book an appointment as soon as they are contacted so they are protected against the virus.

“It’s a very quick and easy process and vaccination staff are on-hand to answer any questions and offer reassurance. Your child may even get a sticker and certificate at the end!”

Children should not attend a vaccination session if they have tested positive for Covid-19. They should wait for 12 weeks before having the jab. Children who are at increased risk, should wait 4 weeks from a positive test result, before having their vaccine.

For further information:

There is more information about the Covid-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 years old.. Resources for children aged 5 to 11 years can be found here: GOV.UK (www.gov.uk):