Posted on Wednesday 15th June 2022
Parents of 5 to 11 year olds are being encouraged to get their children vaccinated ahead of the school summer holidays.
With more holiday destinations abroad open for visitors this year, families who are looking to travel and even those enjoying a ‘staycation’ are being urged to ensure their children are vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of the summer break.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to get protection from the virus and to travel safely.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Paul Northcott, said:
“The vaccine offers the best protection against Covid-19 and I’d encourage all parents to support their child to get vaccinated.
Although most children won’t be at risk of serious health complications from Covid, by getting vaccinated they’ll help to increase immunity in the population and protect those more vulnerable such as their grandparents.”
Children can get a first dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 5 years old, and most will be able to get a second dose 12 weeks after their first dose. Parents and children can book an appointment online or attend a walk-in vaccine clinic. Consent will be required, so parents or carers should attend the vaccination appointment with their child.
People can find details of their nearest walk-in clinics on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab
More information on the vaccine can be found at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine.