Government Update: Covid Vaccine for Children

The Government has released an update regarding which groups of children will be offered the Pfizer vaccine before 23rd August 2021, in time for their return to school in September.

The vaccine will be offered to children aged 12-15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down syndrome, immunosuppression, and severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Children aged 12 and above will also be eligable for a vaccine if they live with immunosuppressed individuals of any age. 

Children on the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) list are “not generally recommended for vaccination” unless they have a severe neurodisability. 

Family charity Contact has released a comprehensive article about what the update means for families, along with an FAQ page on vaccines for children. If you are concerned about your CEV child’s safety, please book a chat with Contact's Listening Ear team or call their free helpline on 0808 808 3555.