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COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds

Vaccinations to protect against Covid-19 are available to all 5 to 11 year olds.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends that the vaccination is offered to all 5–11-year-olds, 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, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over. If a child has had COVID-19 the vaccine will give them extra protection, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.

5–11-year-olds who are clinically vulnerable or immunosuppressed, and therefore more at risk from the virus, can get two paediatric (child) doses, eight weeks apart.

Children will be given the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for both doses.

Clinics are taking place across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and many are on a walk-in basis so you don’t even need to make an appointment.

Those aged 5-11 can get a vaccine by:

  • Some walk-in clinics are open to 5-11 year olds – Click here to find details of local walk-in clinics.
  • Children who are clinically vulnerable will be invited to special clinics and some walk-in clinics are also open to children who are clinically vulnerable.

You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the NHS website.

Click here to find out more about other childhood vaccinations.

 

Let us know what you think about our COVID-19 Vaccine campaign for 5-11 yr olds.

Commonly asked questions

What to do if your child has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19?

If your child has a confirmed COVID-19 infection and is not at high risk from COVID-19, they need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.

If they are at high risk, or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system, they should wait 4 weeks.

This starts from the date their symptoms started or the date of their positive test result, whichever was earlier.

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not had a test, they should wait until their symptoms are better before they get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can talk to a healthcare professional at the vaccination site about this.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will children get?

Children will be given the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for both doses.

Children aged 5 to 11 will be given smaller doses than older children and adults.

What happens after the vaccination?

If your child has certain rare allergies or a history of anaphylaxis, they may be asked to stay for 15 minutes after having the vaccine. This is in the unlikely event they have a serious reaction to the vaccine.

If your child has allergies or had a reaction after a previous dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, tell the staff at the vaccination centre or pharmacy before they are vaccinated.

What are the common side effects?

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

They can cause some side effects in children, but not everyone gets them.

Any side effects are usually mild and should only last 1 or 2 days, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • flu-like symptoms including shivering (chills)

More serious side effects, such as heart inflammation (myocarditis), are very rare.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccine side effects and safety for children

What are the COVID-19 vaccine ingredients?

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine does not contain egg, animal products or alcohol.

What to do next?

When your child has had their first injection, you should get a record card.

You should keep this card and bring it with you when taking your child for their next appointment. This will be in 8 to 12 weeks’ time.

Although the first dose will give your child good protection, they will need the second dose to get longer-lasting protection.

Keep their card safe and make sure you take your child to get their second injection.