Parents asked to wait for plan on catch-up Covid jabs for school children

The NHS has been innundated with calls about what happens if 12-15-year-olds miss their vaccine at school.
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The local NHS team responsible for giving 12-15 year-olds the Covid vaccine during school visits says it can't yet confirm if or when any catch-up clinics will be held.

'The school immunisation team has been receiving a high volume of calls and emails from parents of children and young people who missed their COVID-19 vaccination in school,' an email sent to parents via schools says.

'Please be aware that the school immunisation team are currently unable to book any catch up clinics for COVID-19. Due to the large cohort size of eligible 12-15 year olds there is currently national discussion around how students who were absent, unwell, or unable to have their COVID-19 vaccination in school will be caught up outside of a school setting. As soon as we have confirmation of how catch up clinics will be offered we will send further communication out to all parents. Please do not call or email us to enquire into COVID-19 catch up clinics as we currently have no further information to provide you.'

The Covid vaccine cannot be given to someone who's had Covid in the past 28 days and some schools have had large outbreaks since children returned to school in September.

The immunisation team adds: 'Please note that it is not currently possible to attend a mass vaccination site to access a COVID-19 vaccine for young people aged 12-15 and you will be turned away. This is because there needs to be a particular workforce for this age group that need to have additional training requirements than what is currently required to vaccinate young people aged 16+.'

The Berkshire School-aged Immunisation Team is run by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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