A young girl has a plaster applied following an injection

Covid vaccinations can now be booked for all 5–11-year-olds

All five to eleven-year-olds are now eligible to receive a vaccination against covid-19.

Appointments can be booked online or by calling 119.

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that the vaccine be offered to all children aged 5-11, expanding the eligibility from just those in clinically at-risk groups.

The NHS offers children two doses of the Pfizer vaccine twelve weeks apart. Each jab will be a third of the dose given to adults.

Protecting Children against covid

For most children who get covid, it is a mild illness that may need a few days off school. It may be more severe for a small number of children or last longer.

The vaccine will reduce your child’s chances of getting covid, or how serious it is if they do catch it.

Possible Side Effects

As with all vaccines, there is the possibility of side effects. Not everyone will get them, and most will be mild and not last long.

Common side effects include pain or tenderness where the injection was given, tiredness, headache, or other flu-like symptoms. You can treat these with rest and paracetamol (with a dose appropriate for their age).

If these side effects worsen or last longer than a week, you should call NHS 111.

Less common side effects can involve chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a fast-beating heart. 

Very rare cases of heart inflammation have been recorded – around 1 or 2 cases per million vaccinations given.

As with all vaccines, the benefit of protection against illness outweighs the possible side effects.


Parents, carers or guardians should attend the vaccination appointment with the child. Consent is obtained on the day when you will go through the process with a healthcare professional.

You may want to discuss getting vaccinated with your child, so they understand the benefits and the possibility of side effects. You can find resources and guides for parents of children aged 5-11 online.

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Spring Boosters

A Spring Boosters campaign has been launched, inviting certain groups of people to book an additional covid vaccination.

The NHS is currently offering the extra protection of another jab to everyone aged 75 or older, all residents of care homes, and anyone aged 12 and above who is immunosuppressed.

All covid vaccination can be booked online or by calling 119.

Getting vaccinated and following safer behaviours – regular hand washing, face coverings, staying at home when unwell – helps protect ourselves and others.

Getting Vaccinated when Pregnant

New research from the University of Oxford highlights the importance of pregnant women getting vaccinated.

Since May 2021, 98% of all pregnant women admitted to hospital with covid have been unvaccinated.

The research shows that unvaccinated pregnant women are two to three times more likely to give birth early, need a caesarean or induction, have a baby stillborn or need neonatal care. 

The results also show that being vaccinated protects pregnant women from severe illness or hospitalisation.

While 92% of the population have had at least one vaccine dose, the rate amongst pregnant women is significantly lower – just 6.8% of pregnant black women are fully vaccinated, and 10.2% of pregnant women in deprived areas.

It is vital for the health of pregnant women and their babies that they do not wait until after giving birth to get vaccinated.

Validation of Overseas Vaccinations

People who have received covid-19 vaccinations in other countries can now have that information validated and added to their NHS record.

To have your vaccination record validated, you must:

  • Have received one of the approved vaccines:
    • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
    • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
    • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
    • Moderna (Spikevax)
    • Novavax (Nuvaxovid)
  • Be aged 16 and above
  • Be registered with a GP
  • Be able to attend a face-to-face appointment with photographic proof of your identity and evidence of your overseas vaccination record.

You can make appointments to validate an overseas vaccination through the National Booking System.

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Vaccinations for ‘at risk’ 5-11-year olds

Children aged five to eleven years of age who are most ‘at risk’ will be offered covid-19 vaccinations. This will include some 500,000 children nationally who are in a clinical risk group or live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

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Walk-in jabs at Newcastle Eagles until 6.30pm

Walk-in covid jabs are available at the Newcastle Eagles/Vertu Motors Arena until 6.30 pm today.

First, second and booster jabs are all available and no appointment is necessary.

Vertu Motors Arena

The Newcastle Eagles Community Arena is on Scotswood Road.

A walk through document shows you where to go when you arrive and everything else you need to know.

Getting your Covid Vaccine at Newcastle Eagles: Step by Step. UPDATED 7TH JANUARY 2021