Covid Vaccine Newsletter from Swansea Bay University Health Board
Date: March 3rd, 2022
Edition number: 36
This week we have two important pieces of news about the programme.
Firstly, parents and carers of all five to 11 year olds registered with GPs in the Swansea or Neath Port Talbot area can now request a Covid vaccination for their child by filling in an online form. All the details and the link to the form are below in the ‘latest news’ section.
We’ll also be delivering a spring booster, so that will be a second booster, to those aged over 75, older adults in care homes and those aged 12 and over who are classed as immunosuppressed. This is being done as a precaution because these vulnerable groups will have had their first booster last September or October, therefore will have the longest gap since vaccination. We will update you on the details of this rollout soon.
Both of these moves follow the acceptance by Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services, of the latest guidance from the independent body which advises UK governments, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
Looking ahead it is likely that there will be autumn Covid boosters for those who are the most vulnerable. We don’t have any further details at the moment but, as always, will update you as soon as the plan is confirmed.
As we are now in a less urgent phase of the programme, we are switching publication of this newsletter to an as-and-when basis. This means we’ll only send one out if we’ve got something really important you should know about.
You can read more about what we’re doing in ‘latest news’ below.
Vaccination of children aged five to 11
You can now request a Covid-19 vaccination appointment for your child if they are aged between five and 11.
Following the recent JCVI recommendation that all children aged five to 11 should be offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, parents and guardians can register online to receive an appointment for their children.
You can fill out a form to request a Covid-19 vaccination for up to four children in your household within this age group. If you have more than four children aged five to 11 in your household, you can complete the form again.
Please only complete the form on behalf of a child aged between five and 11 for whom you have parental responsibility, and who is registered with a GP in the Swansea or Neath Port Talbot areas.
We are currently putting arrangements in place so we can start offering appointments in the coming weeks.
You will be contacted with the offer of an appointment once these arrangements are in place.
For most children the gap between each dose should be at least 12 weeks.
However, vaccinations are already in place for children aged five to 11 who are in a clinical risk group or are household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed. The recommended gap between doses for children in these groups is at least eight weeks.
There is a Covid vaccine available for everyone who wants one, so whether you’re missing your booster or haven’t had your first vaccine yet, there’s a session to suit you below at one of our centres or a community pharmacy.