Vaccinations to be administered in schools: Is your child eligible for the Covid vaccine?
From next week, Covid vaccination services will be available in schools throughout England to help boost immunity levels.
Here’s everything you need to know about whether or not your child is vaccine-eligible.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi told ministers in the House of Commons on Wednesday that “we must do everything in our power” to keep schools open.
His remarks came as he announced a slew of initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of Covid in schools, including on-site vaccination services for students.
Mr. Zahawi stated in the House of Commons that vaccination services will be available in schools beginning January 10th.
This will allow students between the ages of 12 and 15 to take advantage of the Covid vaccine offer.
Before a child can receive a Covid vaccination, his or her parents or guardians must give their consent.
PfizerBioNTech vaccine will be administered to children for both doses.
Children who contract the virus typically have mild symptoms, but some can become ill, which is why vaccines are being offered to this age group.
A single dose of the Covid vaccine has been shown to provide good protection against children becoming seriously ill, and a second dose increases the strength and duration of that protection.
The NHS recommends that children get their first dose of the vaccine when they turn 12.
If a child tests positive for Covid but is not at high risk, they must wait 12 weeks before receiving the vaccine.
Some children aged 12 to 15 are considered to be at high risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of Covid if one or more of the following conditions exist:
They live with someone who is more susceptible to infections (for example, someone who has HIV, has had a transplant, or is undergoing cancer, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis treatment).
Alternatively, if they have a medical condition that puts them at a high risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of Covid.
Cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome, as well as other conditions listed by the NHS, can put a child at high risk.
“Face-to-face education is the best way for children and young people to learn and develop,” Education Secretary Michael Gove told MPs.
As a result, he made the following announcements to ensure that schools remain open in the new school year.
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