16 Sep 2021

The Government has published its winter plan for managing Covid-19. This includes information on vaccination roll out for children aged 12-15 and third doses for those over 50.

As part of the winter plan, the Government has announced the roll out of a third dose of the Covid vaccine to those aged over 50, those over 16 with health conditions and health and social care workers.

This is around 30 million people and should be given no sooner than 6 months after the second dose - at the same time as the flu jab.

They Government has also announced the offer of a single dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine for all children aged 12-15 in England.  Invitations will begin from next week.  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to confirm a rollout.

JCVI advice on booster vaccinations can be found here.

The UK's four chief medical officers recommended the single dose for 12 to 15-year-olds - who are deemed at very low risk from the disease - saying factors such as disruption to education tipped the balance.

Information from NHS England on vaccination of healthy 12-15 year olds can be found here.

An information leaflet for 12-15 year olds can be found here: Public Health England Covid-19 guide for children and young people

In St Helens, planning for both of these rollouts has been ongoing and we will update here as soon as possible.  Parents of schoolchildren in St Helens will hear from schools regarding vaccination arrangements which will take place on site at schools by school immunisation teams.

Although vaccination passports have been dropped for now, a ‘’Plan B’ will be triggered if the government deems pressure on the NHS to be unsustainable owing to rising hospitalisations.

‘Plan B’ will include mandatory face masks and stay at home guidance as well as the unvaccinated to be barred from indoor events of over 500 people and vaccination certificates required in any settings with 10,000 or more attendees which would include football matches.