Vaccine Update – Two million milestone reached!
This week the COVID-19 vaccination programme has hit another momentous milestone. Over 2 million vaccinations have been administered in Hertfordshire and West Essex – that’s double the total at the start of July! We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in vaccinating our population – particularly those staff, volunteers and community and faith groups who have acted as ambassadors for the campaign. However, there is more to do. Work is ongoing to encourage everyone who is eligible to get their vaccination particularly in those areas and in the communities where we know there is a relatively low take-up. For up to date vaccination information Click Here NHS and social care colleagues are also making preparations for the booster vaccination campaign, which will begin as soon as the national guidance is confirmed.
Vaccination plans for 12–15 year-olds in Hertfordshire
Some children aged 12 to 15 are being offered the Covid-19 vaccination if they have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 or if they live with someone who has a suppressed immune system. These children are being offered two doses of a vaccine approved for their age group, which will be given eight weeks apart.
GPs have been using their records to identify:
Children aged 12 to 15 with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome or underlying conditions resulting in their immune system being suppressed.
Children with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register.
Children aged 12 and over who are household contacts of people with suppressed immune systems.
For more information on the vaccination programme for 12-15 year olds Click Here
If you are a parent or carer of a 12-15 year-old who meets the criteria for a vaccination, you should have been contacted, either by your GP, via your child’s special school, or through a text or phone call from Hertfordshire Community Trust (HCT). If you have not been contacted, you should speak to your own GP practice and request the practice provides your child with a vaccination, or alternatively refer your child to HCT. We are waiting for the government to decide on vaccination policy for the remainder of the 12-15 year-old population. We will keep you informed of local arrangements.
More details will be released in the next few weeks.
Children’s respiratory health
Our health services are seeing an increase in severe respiratory illness in children and babies, and we expect viruses to continue circulating over the winter alongside Covid-19. We encourage parents to look out for symptoms in their children, particularly babies under the age of two. Symptoms include fever, a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing). For more information on symptoms and what to do Click Here. Some of these symptoms are similar to Covid-19, so parents are asked to book a PCR test for their child. For the majority of children, winter illnesses will not be serious, and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids. But parents should contact their GP or NHS 111 immediately if they are worried about their child. Information for parents is available on the Hertfordshire and West Essex Healthier Together Website.
Walk-In Vaccination Clinics
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You can find more information about the vaccination programme, including FAQs and resources for adults with learning disabilities and resources in different languages and formats Click Here
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