COVID & VACCINATION UPDATES
You will probably already have seen the government’s announcement about vaccinations for clinically extremely vulnerable people aged 12 – 15. On Monday the government committee on vaccinations and the Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, announced that some clinically vulnerable young people aged 12-15 will now get access to the Covid vaccine. Children aged 12 and over at increased risk of Covid-19 should now be offered the Pfizer vaccine, which the UK regulator said was safe and effective for this age group last month. This is likely to be welcome news for the families of many clinically vulnerable children in this age group.
For more information, see the NNPCF Update here and Contact’s frequently asked questions. You can also read the guidance from the government’s committee on vaccinations and the Vaccines Minister’s statement.
NNPCF-Covid Vaccines for Children Update - July 2021
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For all the latest information: COVID vaccination: Your Questions Answered page.
Disabled Children’s Health Suffering in Lockdown
A year out of school without essential therapy and delays to hospital checks has led to disabled children's health getting worse, a new survey by the Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP) has found.
With the news that it's "everyone* in school/college" from March 8th, until at least lockdown 4, the Department for Education has once again issued separate operational guidance for schools and for specialist settings: Additional operational guidance for special schools, special post-16 institutions and alternative provision.
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE UPDATES
New Podcast on Annual Health Checks
In Contact's latest podcast we explain why it's so important parents take up the offer of a free annual health check. And we hear from mum Ayesha talk about her experience of getting a health check for her daughter.
Three New Guides to Help Improve Children’s Health
Contact, Seeability and NDCS have three new guides on the importance of hearing, eye and dental checks for children’s health. They have been co-produced with parent carers. The guides explain how the checks are done, how to access them and how to prepare and support your child.