PLEASE NOTE – information correct as of 6 September 2021
At the moment only a limited number of vaccination sites in our area can offer the COVID-19 vaccination to eligible children aged 12-15. This is due to the fact that the national guidance that has been published to date only enables GP-led vaccination hubs and hospital hubs to vaccinate this group of children.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have informed us that they are awaiting further national guidance, known as the Standard Operating Procedure, that will allow the large scale vaccination centres in our area to start offering the COVID-19 vaccination to eligible children between 12-15 years old.
The CCG have been assured by our national colleagues that the arrival of this guidance is imminent.
In our area we have a limited number of GP-led vaccination hubs that are able to vaccinate eligible children. We also do not currently have hospital hubs in operation as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which is why it has been difficult to offer the vaccination to eligible children whilst we await the Standard Operating Procedure from NHS England.
The CCG have asked us to reassure you that they will open our large scale vaccination centres to eligible children as soon as possible once we have received the necessary national guidance.
Once they are in a position to do this, the CCG website will be updated at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk <http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk> with advice on how your child can access the vaccination.
The CCG would like to offer our apologies for the delay as they await further guidance from NHS England.
- Why can’t I get my child vaccinated at your practice?
Our practice joined the vaccination programme in January 2021, and we have helped the local NHS deliver well over a million vaccinations. At this moment in time, we are not offering the COVID-19 vaccine at our practice, which is why we cannot invite your child to have their vaccine at our surgery.
We are working closely with the CCG to ensure that all of our eligible 12-15 year old patients can access the vaccine safely.
- Can I access travel support to help me get me and my child to the vaccination appointment?
Yes. If you need travel support to help you and your child attend the vaccination appointment, you can arrange this by calling the Local Authorities’ travel support team via 0345 045 5219.
- How do I know the vaccine is safe for my child?
The JCVI has reviewed extensive clinical evidence for the safety of giving the COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people in the eligible groups and have determined it to be safe and effective. The JCVI has determined that the benefit of vaccinating children in these groups outweighs the risks.
- Do I need to be present for my child’s vaccination?
Yes, if your child is aged 12-15 you or another legal guardian will need to be present for their vaccination in order to give consent for the vaccination.
- Why isn’t my child eligible?
The NHS vaccinates in line with guidance from the independent JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), which provides expert advice on vaccinations to UK health departments. The JCVI recommends that only certain groups of children and young people are vaccinated because of a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.