Clinically Vulnerable Children Invited for Vaccine

Parents and guardians of clinically vulnerable children aged 5 – 11 are now able to register their child for a covid jab.

Last month, following advice from the UK’s JCVI, the island’s vaccination programme announced that young children aged 5 – 11 with the following conditions should be offered two doses of the vaccine:

  • severe neurodisabilities
  • immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well
  • profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities
  • being on the learning disability register
  • those with Down’s syndrome
  • those with long term serious conditions affecting their body

In addition, the vaccine is also being offered to children in this age group who aren’t themselves vulnerable but who live with someone who is immunosuppressed and therefore for whom continued and prolonged close contact is unavoidable.

Parents or guardians of eligible children are asked to register on behalf of their child using the online registration form (not booster booking system) and if this fails, email vaccinations@gov.im with the child’s information. After registering the team will confirm whether your child is eligible and will provide an appointment.  

People are asked to only contact 111 in the last instance if unable to use either of the options mentioned above. Specific paediatric clinics are currently being planned by the team for early Feb, with the exact dates and times to be confirmed.

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