Covid – 19 vaccination

Children aged 5 – 11

May 2022

Dear Parent / Carer,
COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 at your child’s school Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s community immunisation service is offering a free COVID-19 vaccination for children aged between 5-11-years-old at your child’s school. We would like to ask if you wish to give your consent for your child to receive a first or second dose of the vaccine during our visit on 18th May 2022 for 8:30am.
For your child to receive their vaccination in school:

Go to:

Select COVID-19 (SEN ONLY) by clicking the “Click here” button next to it.

Enter the code for your school.
For Birch Wood (Melton Area Special School) it is LE134640

Enter your child’s details

Press ‘SUBMIT’

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Please note:
• You will need to fully complete the consent form prior to the vaccination session.
• You will not be able to complete this online consent within 1 working day of the vaccination session.
• If you would like to speak to someone about your child’s medical condition, please telephone: 0300 300 0007.
Consent for the vaccination will be required prior to the service visiting the school. Please do this by 17th May 2022 using the details above.
If you need help filling out the consent form online, you can call our team on 0300 300 0007 for support.

Information about COVID-19 and the vaccine Medical experts have advised that parents of all children aged 5 to 11 years should be offered the chance to have their child vaccinated. COVID-19 is a very infectious respiratory disease. Most children who get COVID-19 have no symptoms. Those that do, have mild symptoms like a bad cold. A few children and young people will get very poorly and need to go to hospital. Vaccination is important for children who have health conditions that put them at high risk from COVID-19, as the benefits of being protected against the virus are greater. Children at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection include those with:

• severe neurodisabilities, like having cerebral palsy or epilepsy

• immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well and those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed

• profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities, where they need support • being on the learning disability register

• those with Down’s syndrome

• those with long term serious conditions affecting their body.

Having the vaccine makes your child less likely to get very ill from COVID-19. It will help to stop them from catching and passing on the virus. Children will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine has been tested to make sure it is as safe as possible. Each vaccine is a third of the dose of vaccine that is given to older children and adults. All children will be offered two injections of the vaccine, for those in a risk group as defined above these will usually be eight weeks apart. About our visit to your child’s school Parents or guardians will be allowed to attend their child’s vaccination session at school to support their child.

We ask that you directly liaise with the school to arrange this. We have a range of measures in place to keep you safe from COVID-19, including wearing facemasks and regular cleaning and hand washing. Your child can also get vaccinated at a vaccination centre or at some GPs and pharmacies. Visit the NHS website or call 119 to find out more or book. If a family member you live with is self-isolating or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below on the day of the session, then please do not attend the vaccine appointment.

• High temperature – you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back

• A new continuous cough – this means you have started coughing repeatedly.
• A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed
you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

More information
• To read the patient information leaflet about the vaccination, including information
about side-effects, please visit:

• An easy-read version can be found on the website:

• For information about the national COVID-19 vaccination programme, visit:
If you have any other questions or need support to give consent, please telephone: 0300
300 0007, or by e-mail:
Yours faithfully,
Dr Tim Davies Suzanne Leatherland
Consultant Lead for Screening and
Clinical Lead for Children’s COVID-19
NHS England and NHS Improvement – Midlands Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust