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Call out to parents of clinically vulnerable 5 - 11 year olds

From today, parents of 5 – 11-year-old children who are clinically vulnerable or living with someone who is immunosuppressed are being encouraged to contact their local GP if they have not received an invitation to attend an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Last month, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that children who fit into these criteria should receive their primary COVID-19 vaccination course.

GPs across Suffolk and north east Essex have been conducting clinical reviews of all 5 – 11-year-old patients and, where relevant, writing to their parents/guardians to invite them for a vaccination. 

Dr Richard West MBE, GP and partner at Woolpit Health Centre, said: “We’re keen to administer vaccinations to clinically vulnerable 5 – 11 year olds or those living with people who are immunosuppressed to make sure their health can be best protected.

“We know too that vaccinated people are far less likely to suffer complications of COVID-19, helping reduce the number of hospitalisations and pressure on health and care services, which is another reason for getting the vaccination as soon as possible.

“If you meet the eligibility criteria, and have not been invited to receive the vaccine by your GP, please contact them direct.”

After they have received their first jab, they will be invited to receive their second dose eight weeks later.

The NHS in Suffolk and north east Essex system has a new website to assist parents/guardians of eligible 5 – 11-year-old children to explain the process of vaccination. 

The address is www.sneevaccineforchildren.org.uk or the site is available through the main Suffolk and North East Essex Vaccination Service website - www.sneevaccine.org.uk

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