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Vaccine: parents and guardians invited to register clinically vulnerable children

Clinics to take place in February

Parents and guardians of clinically vulnerable children aged between five and eleven are being invited to register their child for a Covid vaccine.

It was announced in December the Island would be following the UK in offering those in the age group two doses, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

It applies to those with severe neurodisabilities, immunosuppression (those whose immune systems don’t work as well) profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities.

It also applies to those on the learning disability register, those with Down’s syndrome or those with long term serious conditions affecting their body.

The vaccine is also being offered to children in this age group who aren’t themselves vulnerable but who live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

Health Minister Lawrie Hooper says: 'Even though COVID-19 in children is often milder than in adults, there’s still the risk of hospitalisation for those more susceptible to COVID. The vaccine will help the immune system against serious illness and possible long-term effects from COVID-19.'

He adds: 'A paediatric dose of the Pfizer BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine has been developed, with both real world and trial data showing it is safe and effective for this age group.'

You can register here. Vaccination registration (gov.im)

Walk-in clinics for this age group will take place in early February.

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