Three new Covid-19 vaccination clinics have opened for children across Derbyshire, as part of the county’s nation-leading efforts to protect young people and their families from the virus.
The clinics in North Wingfield, Chesterfield and Dronfield Woodhouse join Midland House in Derby to provide appointments for children aged 12-15 years old.
This builds on the existing programme to vaccinate children in schools through the School-Age Immunisation Service, which has been visiting Derbyshire schools to administer Covid-19 vaccinations since late September.
The vaccination sites which have now opened bookings for children already cater to adults, but the move to provide children’s vaccinations is an important step forward.
Joined Up Care Derbyshire currently has the second highest vaccination in England for 12-15-year-olds.
Jayne Needham, from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, leads the service and said the response from schools has been excellent: “It’s a really important step forward to get these extra vaccination clinics for children who have missed out on being vaccinated at school for any reason.
“Appointments are available right now and we’ve already had a great response, with hundreds of children coming to Midland House."
Dr Mike James, who is clinical lead at Midland House, said it was encouraging to see so many children coming through: "The response has been excellent, with parents or guardians booking children in here to get their vaccination. The school-age immunisation team has been doing a brilliant job, and now we're providing an extra option.
Kate Chilton, site lead at North Wingfield, said: "We're really excited to be able to offer the appointments for 12-15-year-olds, as it will mean an extra opportunity for vaccinating younger people. This will help to protect them, their families and the wider community from Covid-19."
Walton Hospital site lead Gemma Smalley said early bookings had been taken up quickly: "It is so encouraging to see so many young people attending the clinic and with such awareness as to why they are getting their vaccination."
The four Derbyshire vaccination sites now offering vaccinations for 12-15-year-olds are:
- North Wingfield Resource Centre, Whiteleas Avenue, North Wingfield S42 5PW
- Walton Hospital, Whitecotes Lane, Walton, Chesterfield, S40 3HW
- Stubley Medical Centre, Dronfield Woodhouse, S18 8QY
- Midland House, 1 Nelson St, Derby, DE1 2SA
Children need to have a booked appointment using the National Booking Service, which will show appointments at available clinics.