Millions more Brits invited to book in for next Covid jabs – are you eligible?

NHS chiefs have now urged parents to arrange for their five and six-year-olds to receive a shot in attempt to keep down transmission rates which are currently falling

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More Covid jabs can now be booked by millions who should check their eligibility for receiving a vaccine.

They will remain the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19.

Omicron remains the dominant strain in the UK, but studies have shown is has milder effects.

Cases have been dropping and vaccines have driven infection rates down.

NHS chiefs have now urged parents to arrange for their five and six-year-olds to receive a shot.

Guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) says all young people will benefit from a jab.

Those eligible across the UK will be invited for a jab this week.







Jabs will be available outside school hours to allow parents time to take youngsters
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It allows mums and dads to book their child for a shot through the national booking service or by visiting a walk-in site.

They will be available outside school hours to allow them time to take youngsters for jabs.

More than 33,500 kids are already booked for appointments between now and Sunday and 50,000 slots are still available.

Adults wanting Spring boosters and those who have not yet received a vaccine yet have also been invited.







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Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “It is great to see so many families already booked in for their children to receive their Covid vaccine this week, helping to protect themselves against potential future waves of the virus.

“Local vaccine sites are making it as easy as possible for families and allowing for longer appointment times so that families can discuss their decisions, and make sure it is a less daunting experience for youngsters.”

The jabs are safe and effective and Dr Kanani said her 13-year-old-son has had two jabs and her 10-year-old daughter will follow soon.

She added: “I’d encourage all parents to read the information and consider booking their child in for a vaccination at the earliest opportunity.







More than 33,500 kids are already booked for appointments and 50,000 slots are still available
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Health Minister Maggie Throup said vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and those around you.

She said: “Parents can, if they want to, continue to take up the offer to increase their family’s protection against potential future waves of Covid – local vaccine sites or pharmacies are open outside of school hours and clinicians are more than happy to offer advice and ease any concerns parents or children might have.

“Although children without underlying health conditions are at low risk of serious illness from Covid, and the priority remains for the NHS to offer vaccines and spring boosters to adults and vulnerable young people, getting children vaccinated will help protect them”, she said.

Last month millions more Brits were invited to come forward for their Spring boosters.

Older adults in care homes will be visited by NHS teams who will give jabs — as long as it has been six months since their last one.







Those eligible will be invited for a jab this week
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Ms Throup added: “Parents can, if they want to, continue to take up the offer to increase their family’s protection against potential future waves of Covid – local vaccine sites or pharmacies are open outside of school hours and clinicians are more than happy to offer advice and ease any concerns parents or children might have.

“Although children without underlying health conditions are at low risk of serious illness from Covid, and the priority remains for the NHS to offer vaccines and spring boosters to adults and vulnerable young people, getting children vaccinated will help protect them”

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