Published on: 6th April 2022

Experts have advised that parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years should be offered the chance to have their child vaccinated. Vaccination is particularly important for children who have health conditions that put them at high risk from COVID-19.

For most children, COVID-19 is a mild illness that may require a few days off school but rarely leads to complications. For a very few children, the symptoms may be more serious or last longer. The current Omicron variant appears to be particularly mild in children. It is not known if future variants will be as mild.

Children with certain health conditions, or those with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease. These children and those who live with someone who has a weakened immune system should already have been invited for vaccination.

For more information on the health conditions, you can talk to your specialist or GP.

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your child suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a few weeks for their body to build up some protection from the vaccine. Two doses of the vaccine should give your child long lasting protection against serious complications of infection – including any future waves due to new variants. Your child should also have some protection from the mild symptoms.

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term and not everyone gets them.

For decades, vaccinations have protected our children and young people from potentially serious diseases, including measles, flu, meningitis and mumps. By the time they leave school, a child will typically have been offered vaccinations against 18 different diseases or infections – the COVID-19 vaccine is one more vaccine that children will soon be able to have to protect them from illness.

We all want to get back to normal – we want our children to go to school, do the things they love and catch up on lost time spent time with family and friends. But COVID-19 is still active and causing some children to miss out on their education and things they enjoy.

The NHS wants to support families to make an informed choice, and to make things convenient and child-friendly for those who do decide to get it. The COVID-19 vaccine is already making a big difference to help protect us all. The vaccine does not remove the virus, but research and experience in countries around the world shows it can prevent the worst effects of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of infection to your child and those around them.

You can get your child vaccinated at a clinic in Salford at a time to suit your busy week. Book an appointment through the National Booking Service  or by calling 119. Appointments will be available to book from 2 April with clinics in Salford offering vaccinations from 5 April onwards.

We also offer walk-in sites, so if you or any adults in your family and extended family are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, why not all go together? Especially during the Easter holiday.

Get vaccinated, Get protected.

For more information, go to www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccine-clinics.