Parents and carers across Buckinghamshire are being reminded that there are still plenty of opportunities for your children to get their COVID vaccination as we head into the summer.
A number of Family Centres and libraries are all holding clinics at various times for children aged 5-11, through to the end of August. This is in addition to the Guttmann Centre in Stoke Mandeville, which continues to offer vaccinations to the 5-11 age group as well as all others.
This means that, by arranging a first jab as soon as possible, you will also be able to arrange a second vaccination 12 weeks later at the same centre.
The jabs are taking place in a caring, safe and child-friendly environment. Staff and clinicians who are working at these sites are used to dealing with children and are reassuring and patient. They can also answer any questions parents and carers may have about the vaccinations too.
You can book both appointments for a vaccination online – Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119
In addition, parents can speak directly to the paediatric team if they have any concerns, or want to discuss making a booking – for Buckinghamshire, this number is 07826 922104
Vaccination clinics available for the 5-11 age group in Bucks include:
- Amersham Family Centre, HP6 6PF, open Fridays, 1pm-6pm and Saturdays, 9am-6pm
- Mapledean Family Centre, High Wycombe, HP12 4PR, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-6pm
- Wing Family Centre, LU7 0NY, open Mondays and Saturdays, 9am-6pm
- Buckingham Library, MK18 1JP, open Fridays and Sundays, 9am-6pm
The Guttmann Centre in Stoke Mandeville is also available for both walk-in vaccinations and booked appointments, and it is open every day, 8am-8pm. And all age groups can be vaccinated here.
Most appointments for 5-11 age group will be available outside of school hours and over the weekend, and are available to book through the online booking service or by calling 119.
And remember, if you are taking a child for their vaccination at a library, there may be other family friendly events to enjoy at the same time, too. And even if not, it is the perfect opportunity to choose some suitable summer reading for them from the bookshelves.
There are also plenty of activity sessions available at the Family Information Service – you can find out more and view activity timetables at Family centres | Family Information Service (buckinghamshire.gov.uk) or Find a library | Buckinghamshire Council
The NHS has made the vaccine available for all 5 to 11s following updated JCVI guidance, which recommended all children would benefit from a non-urgent offer of the vaccine, with almost five million now eligible.
Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair at NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Vaccination is the best defence against COVID-19 and NHS teams are ready to welcome parents and children to the vaccination centres and clinics, where vaccinations will be administered by specially trained and qualified staff in a child friendly environment.
“If you have not already done so, please consider the benefits of arranging a vaccination for your children – there is a lot of NHS information available for you to make a well-informed choice.”
You can find out more information about COVID vaccinations for 5-11 year olds here: COVID-19: A guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 (publishing.service.gov.uk)