Covid-19 Family Vaccination Sessions | EPUT

April 4, 2022

Families in parts of Essex and Suffolk to be offered COVID-19 vaccine family clinics.

With the COVID-19 vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds rolling out from today, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s vaccination programme is offering family sessions so families can be vaccinated together.

As of Monday, April 4, healthy 5-11-year-olds with no underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric doses of the vaccine, which is smaller than doses given to over-12s, with at least 12 weeks between jabs.

It comes after recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation that 5-11-year-olds can be offered the coronavirus vaccine to boost immunity and increase protection from future variants of the virus.

This move is the latest extension of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, after the NHS announced last week that it would be contacting hundreds of thousands of people for a fourth dose, in the form of a spring booster jab.

If your child has COVID-19, the vaccine will still give them extra protection, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before being vaccinated.

You can book an appointment at any of Essex Partnership University NHS Trust’s vaccination centres by calling 119 or visiting the National Booking Service online.

Pam Sabine, EPUT Operational Director said: “We are pleased to now be able to offer the vaccine to 5-11 year olds at our vaccination centres, providing children with some protection. We are also supporting families to make an informed choice and running family sessions to help make things convenient and family-friendly.

“COVID is still active and case numbers are ticking up again, but at the same time we are all striving for some kind of return to normality.  The best way to achieve this is to get vaccinated, whether that’s yourself or your child.”

EPUT’s vaccination programme are offering family sessions at their vaccination centres over the next couple of weeks for anyone aged five and above. The centres can accommodate 5-11 year olds, 12-15 year olds, adults and over 75s.

Family groups can book a session for up to five people. Each family will be seated together in a pod and then vaccinated in turn. It is a family-friendly atmosphere and each family will be seen by the same health care professional.

Family sessions dates for EPUT vaccination centres in Suffolk and North East Essex:

Stowmarket: Cedars Park Community Centre, Pintail Road, Wednesday 13 April, 8am – 2pm

Ipswich: Gainsborough Sports Centre, Braziers Wood, Friday 15 April and Saturday 23 April, 8am – 2pm

Bury St Edmunds: Chevington Close, Friday 15 April & Saturday 23 April, 8am – 2pm

Colchester: JobServe Community Stadium, Saturday 16 April, 8am – 2pm

Clacton-on-Sea: Clacton Hospital, Freeland Road, Saturday 16 April – 8am – 2pm

Family sessions dates for EPUT vaccination centres in Mid and South Essex:

Chelmsford: County Hall, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 April, 8.30am – 7.30pm

Thurrock: Alistair Farquharson Centre, Thurrock Community Hospital, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14 and 15 April, 8.30am – 7.30pm

Wickford: The Lodge, Runwell, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14 and 15 April, 8.30am – 7.30pm

Southend: Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 15 April, 8.30am – 7.30pm

To book a family session please call the helpline 0344 257 3961. Unfortunately, we are unable to take walk in appointments at present.

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