Children in Highland Perthshire aged 5-11 will be able to get the Covid-19 vaccination soon. Following the recommendation made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the 16th February 2022.
The JCVI advised in December that children aged 5-11 in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed should be offered a first does, with this being rolled out by NHS Tayside earlier in the month.
In a statement Gillian Mackay, the Scottish Greens Health and Social care Spokesperson had this to say about the rollout, “I am pleased that the Scottish Government now plans to offer vaccination to children over the age of five, in line with the updated JCVI advice.”
“This increased rollout will enhance the population’s protection and also reduce disruption to education.
“I am sure that parents and carers will be reassured by the extensive attention both the medicines regulator, the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), and the JCVI have given to this rollout.”
Plans are being put in place for the rollout of the vaccine to all 5–11-year-olds. 5–11-year-olds will receive two doses of the Pfizer Vaccine, with the dose’s being one third the size of the adult dose, with the second dose coming 12 weeks after the first.
The offer of the vaccination will be accompanied by appropriate information to allow for consent to be given before they receive the vaccination. For the current roll out to 5–11-year-old in a clinical risk group, parents and guardians can ask questions at the appointment before giving consent.
More information will be made available when a roll out plan is announced.
For current information on the roll out to 5-11 year olds in a clinical Risk group and the information on the vaccine for 5-11 year olds and tips on preparing your child for their vaccine visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/vaccinating-children-aged-5-to-11-years/
You can read more on the JCVI update by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jcvi-update-on-advice-for-covid-19-vaccination-of-children-aged-5-to-11/jcvi-statement-on-vaccination-of-children-aged-5-to-11-years-old