Vaccination, health and social care needs

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Covid-19 vaccination

All adults aged 18 or over can now get two vaccinations and a booster vaccine (from Wednesday 15 December for 18-29 year olds) against Covid-19. 

Young people aged 12 and 17 can now get two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

12-17 year olds who are considered clinically vulnerable, or who live with individuals of any age who are immunosuppressed, should get two doses at least eight weeks apart, rather than 12.

People aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first two doses might be offered a third dose eight weeks after their second.

Our health lead Amanda has put together some questions and answers about the Covid-19 vaccination. We are keeping this page under review and will update it as more information becomes available.

Shielding

On 25 August 2021 the government begun sending letters to families of children previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), confirming that they will be removed from the list of UK shielding patients.

This follows the pausing of shielding from 1 April and the announcement on 19 July that adults and children previously considered CEV no longer need to follow additional restrictions.

See the latest updates to Government guidance below:

Going into hospital

The NHS has guidance on hospital visits.

If your child has to go into hospital during this time, you should still check with the hospital before visiting.

See our advice on hospital admission, including making use of a hospital passport.

Wales has issued this guidance for hospital visits.

Social care support

Local authority duties under the Children Act 1989 to disabled children and their families remain in place. These include the duties to assess and arrange provision to support disabled children’s needs while they are under 18, and the needs of their carers.

Direct payments, personal budget and personal health budgets

The governments in all four UK nations have produced guidance on using direct payments during the pandemic, including parents on behalf of their children: