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Call out to parents of 5 to 11-year-old children who are at risk of severe COVID-19

PARENTS and guardians of 5 to 11-year-old children who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (e.g. immunosuppressed) and those living with people who are immunosuppressed, are being urged to get them vaccinated.

A number of clinics across Suffolk and north east Essex are currently administering special children’s doses of Pfizer which protects them against the virus.

But health chiefs understand that some parents and carers have reservations about taking their children for the jab and have urged them to seek reassurance.

Anybody who has questions about the children’s Pfizer dose is encouraged to contact the Suffolk and North East Essex (SNEE) vaccination helpline on 0344-257 3961.

The helpline is staffed by healthcare professionals who will be able to talk you through any concerns or fears you may have and book an appointment for you. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Parents and guardians who are keen to book appointments for ‘at risk’ youngsters but unsure where to go can also email epunft.specificvacs@nhs.net .

They can also visit the SNEE vaccination website at www.sneevaccine.org.uk where details of local walk-in clinics can be found.

Elizabeth Moloney, who leads the SNEE Integrated C19 & Flu Vaccination Programme, urged parents and carers to get their children vaccinated. She said: “We totally understand that some parents might have concerns about their children having the vaccination, precisely because they have been deemed ‘at risk’.

“I would urge those parents to call our helpline where they will be able to discuss any questions or concerns they might have around their child having the jab so we can address them.

“The children’s Pfizer vaccination is completely safe and has been through the most rigorous safety tests prior to being licensed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

“Appointments are available at several locations across Suffolk and north east Essex, on a bookable or walk-in basis.”

Further ‘Ask the Expert’ online events, where a panel of local experts will be on hand to answer some of the most commonly asked questions from parents about the vaccination, are also due to be held in Suffolk and north east Essex shortly. Details will be shared nearer the time and the events will be recorded and uploaded to the SNEE vaccination website.

The front page of the website links to further information about the COVID19 vaccine which has been designed specifically for parents/guardians and eligible children and young people.

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