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Vaccinations start for all 5 -11 year olds

All children aged 5 - 11 are now able to get a vaccination against COVID-19.

The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation has advised that 5 -11 year olds are offered paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of COVID-19. 

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric doses of the vaccine, at least 12 weeks apart. 

The NHS wants to support families to make an informed choice and there is a comprehensive information leaflet available on the Government website.

Parents and guardians can go online to: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or call 119 to book an appointment from Monday 4 April at:

  • Broad Street Mall, Reading
  • Kassam Stadium, Oxford
  • South Bar House, Banbury
  • RAC Business Park, Faringdon
  • The Guttman Centre, Aylesbury

For the convenience of  families who decide to have their children vaccinated, appointments at several other Berkshire West sites (including children and family centres and pharmacies) will be available for booking by 7 April - online or by calling 119. Please keep checking the national booking system.  

If a child has had COVID-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.

If parents or guardians do not know the child’s NHS number they can get it:

  • by checking the child’s personal health record (the red book given to the family when the child was born)
  • by checking any NHS letters, prescriptions or test results received for the child
  • by going to the NHS.UK website
  • by asking your GP practice to help you   

Those 5-11 year olds who are more at risk from the virus can already get two paediatric doses, eight weeks apart, and their GP or hospital specialist should be in touch to arrange this.  

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.