In Northern Ireland, parents of children aged 5 to 11 are encouraged to vaccinate their children against Covid-19.
Last month, it was announced that, on the advice of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee, infants will now be offered to children who do not fall within the clinical risk group.
They will be given two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at minimum intervals. 12 weeks between doses. The children’s dose is one-third the strength of the adult dose.
The reason for introducing this vaccine is to increase the immunity of individuals vaccinated against severe COVID-19 against a possible future wave of the virus.
Although most children between the ages of 5 and 11 will have a mild illness if they develop Covid-19, some may have symptoms that last more than a few days.
Vaccination of children in this age group has been shown to help prevent the small number of hospitalizations and intensive care units that can occur in this age group.
It has also been shown to help provide short-term protection against minor ailments.
Dr Jillian Johnston, joint director of the Medical Director for Public Health (PHA), said: “We know that the risk of developing Covid for younger children is lower than for older people, but we also know that the vaccine is very high. Sure, it is already widely used in all countries. There is no evidence that this causes any long-term problems.
“When you look at the risk of contracting Covid-19 versus the risks of the vaccine, it is beneficial for children to get the vaccine. It not only strengthens the child’s immunity against the risk of serious disease but also helps protect the most vulnerable or older family members from any potential future . A wave of Covid-19 ″.
The new formulation specifically designed for children with the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is approved for this age group and is prescribed at a lower dose than that used in people over 12 years of age (10 mcg vs. 30 mcg).
Like all pediatric vaccines, this approval was obtained after a careful review of data showing them to be safe and effective for use in this group.
Clinical studies have shown that this vaccine has been highly effective in preventing Covid-19 in children, protecting them and even reducing the possibility of transmitting the virus to others, including family members, who may be more susceptible to the severe consequences of infection.
Dr Johnston added: “In Northern Ireland, vaccination programs for children have consistently had high coverage and we hope that parents will support this program and vaccinate their children.
“Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children from ill health.” Even if your child already has Covid-19, it is still important to get vaccinated, because a full vaccination can provide the best protection against the virus and serious diseases.
From today (Wednesday 2 March) you can make your appointment at your children’s vaccination clinic at your local health and social facility using the online reservation system at: covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated.
You can also participate without a meeting.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine for parents ages 5-11, visit pha.site/all5-11s or to find out where the nearest COVID-19 vaccine clinic is, visit Vacinitions.covid-19. hscni.net/ your site