Parents urged to boost Covid defence with child vaccination

YOUNGSTERS like Voyager Point’s Emily and Natarsha King became superheroes when they rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

District Chief Executive Amanda Larkin said five to 11-year-olds can now receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine before they start the 2022 school year.
“Parents and carers will have the added peace of mind that they are doing everything they can to keep their children safe,’’ Ms Larkin said.
“I encourage parents to vaccinate their children against Covid-19 because the vaccine remains our best defence against the virus and the Omicron variant.
“Vaccination can help to reduce the risk of community transmission and the chance of children passing the virus on to their younger siblings, grandparents and the wider community.’’
Five to 11-year-olds will be able to receive two doses of the vaccine, given eight weeks apart. They will receive one third of the dosage that is given to people aged 12 years and over.
Parents and carers can book their five to 11-year-old’s vaccination at health, or it is available at GP clinics and local pharmacies.